January 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM
NEWARK, NJ – The deputy director of the Hudson County Correctional Center surrendered Wednesday to law enforcement and was charged by complaint with illegally wiretapping fellow employees, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Kirk Eady, 45, of East Brunswick is charged by complaint with one count of intentionally intercepting the wire, oral or electronic communications of others. He is expected to make his initial court appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court.
According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Between March 2012 and July 2012, Eady used the services of a publically available website to place telephone calls to four Hudson County Correctional Center employees. The website allowed Eady to conceal the telephone numbers from where the calls originated and also call and record two people simultaneously and make it appear as those people, and not Eady, originated the call. Eady recorded these telephone conversations and did not inform the Hudson County Correctional Center employees that he was recording them. Eady admitted to a cooperating witness that he had recorded conversations with three employees.
The illegal interception offense with which Eady is charged is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Fishman credited agents of the FBI Newark Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, with the investigation leading to today’s charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Foster of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecution’s Division.