A disgraced former Brooklyn prosecutor who did time in federal prison for running illegal wiretaps to spy on a love interest at the NYPD and a colleague has settled lawsuits that her two targets filed against her.
Tara Lenich, who used to supervise the violent criminal enterprises bureau at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, tearfully pleaded guilty in 2017 to illegally tapping the phones of fellow prosecutor Stephanie Rosenfeld and of Lenich’s reputed love interest, NYPD cop Jarrett Lemieux.
Lenich was sentenced to one year and one day in prison — then Rosenfeld and Lemieux hit the nosy ex-prosecutor with lawsuits.
Both Lemieux and Rosenfeld claimed in their suits, which also name the city as a defendant, that they were entitled to damages for breaches of privacy.
Rosenfeld said in her lawsuit that the water-cooler talk at the Brooklyn DA’s office about her role in the Lenich case, and months of “humiliating looks and behind-the-back comments,” drove her to resign from the office after a 12-year stint.
As for their allegations against the city, they say Lenich’s bosses didn’t properly supervise Lenich — and that Lenich was able to use vulnerabilities in the Brooklyn DA’s oversight of wiretaps to tap her target’s phones by cutting and pasting judges’ signatures on phone company orders.
According to papers filed on Friday, Lenich has agreed to pay an undisclosed monetary sum to Rosenfeld — and to also provide a sworn statement about wiretap management problems she observed at the Brooklyn DA.
“The fabricated orders contained the names of fictitious detectives who were purportedly involved with the “investigation” and who were purportedly authorized to monitor the wiretap,” Lenich admits in court papers.
Lenich’s settlement with Rosenfeld still needs the approval of Brooklyn federal court Judge Nicholas Garaufis.
Lawyers for Lenich and Rosenfeld declined to comment, and a lawyer for Lemieux did not respond to a request for comment.
The city, which is still on the hook for Rosenfeld’s suit, has filed papers opposing the settlement. The city’s Law Department also did not respond to a request for comment.
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