INQUIRER: Former CBS3 anchor Larry Mendte was charged today with hacking into the personal e-mail of onetime colleague Alycia Lane 537 times from January to May of this year and sharing the information with a Philadelphia Daily News reporter. “This case … went well beyond just reading someone’s e-mail,” said a statement from acting U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid, who charged Mendte, 51, in an information with one felony count. He is not expected to surrender today.
Mendte poked into the accounts from his seat at the CBS3 anchor desk, from his vacation home and even once from a computer at the Union League, the august Center City club, according to the information. Mendte is a member of the Union League, a spokeswoman confirmed. Sources said Mendte was expected to plead guilty, and would face zero to six months in prison under sentencing guidelines. The Daily News reporter was not identified by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Magid said the reporter would not be charged. MORE
PHAWKER: Hmm, says up there that Mendte gave the stolen information to an unnamed Daily News reporter. Hmmm, who at the Daily News would be interested in dirt on Alycia Lane? Who, pray tell? If only there were some way to find out. Oh well, I guess we’ll never know.