BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On Wednesday, former East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper was issued a misdemeanor summons for several charges including offenses against intellectual property, computer tampering and online impersonation.
The summons was issued by Louisiana State Police, who is leading a multi-agency, cyber-crime investigation into Roper for alleged email tampering and other criminal cyber activity. The investigation stems from an earlier complaint filed by the EBR Parish Attorney's Office.
Roper, 49, was fired from her position with the parish in September 2014. She came under fire after some members of the Metro Council said they lost confidence in her as parish attorney after an investigation in which officials said she sent an East Baton Rouge Parish-developed computer program to a personal email account.
The investigation started in October 2014 after a complaint about suspicious email activity received by the Baton Rouge Police Department and BRGOV.com network administrators from the attorney's office. According to LSP, several parish attorneys' emails were illegally accessed to send an unauthorized email.
During the investigation, troopers found that someone had illegally accessed three email accounts belonging to EBR parish attorneys over forty times. They were able to determine the intrusion came from Roper's home IP address. More evidence was found that Roper used her personal computer to access the EBR Parish Attorney's email system illegally using a proxy service that masks a user's actions and location.