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Man Charged With Internet Crime

Date: March 05, 2008
By: Joe Seelig

LAKE PLACID — A Loxahatchee man was free Tuesday on $16,000 bail after he was accused by his ex-wife of entering her Yahoo e-mail account, removing privileged e-mails between herself and her lawyer and changing her password.

Darryl Berenson, 44, of Loxahatchee, was booked into the Highlands County Jail on Monday on a warrant on a third-degree felony charge of disrupting or denying computer services to the authorized user.

According to the arrest report, sometime around Oct. 30, Berenson's ex-wife reported the unauthorized use of her Yahoo account.

The victim and Berenson reportedly were in a bitter custody battle over their three children. They had been married 15 years, the report stated.

Berenson reportedly was caught by his ex-wife in conversation where he knew information only discussed in the stolen e-mails, the report stated.

The victim showed the e-mails were intercepted one day after the victim sent Berenson her new Yahoo account information.

Records reportedly showed that 14 unauthorized entries were made into the victim's account from Berenson's Bell South account, the report stated. Two unauthorized entries were made from a person's Advanced Cable Communications account in a apartment directly below Berenson's secondary address.

Berenson reportedly denied the act but admitted his lap top computer had the capability to "piggy back" off of someone's Internet account, the report stated.

Investigators reported they believed Berenson was trying to get an edge on his ex-wife in the custody battle.
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