Ex-Will sheriff’s investigator claims he was forced to hack into deputy chief’s wife’s iPad
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org September 12, 2013 6:46PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 7:20AM
A former Will County sheriff’s investigator claims in a lawsuit that he was ordered to hack the deputy chief’s wife’s iPad to investigate whether she was having an affair, and then demoted after he complained about it.
Josh Fazio said in the complaint, filed Thursday in Will County, that he was transferred from investigations to patrol in retaliation for complaining about having to crack the password on Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas’ wife’s iPad in September 2012. Fazio says he resigned from the department after the transfer.
“We look forward to proving the allegations and look forward to having those facts come out,” Fazio’s attorney, Michael Booher, said.
Ken Kaupas declined to comment on the lawsuit. A voicemail message seeking comment left on a number listed for Ken Kaupas’s wife was not immediately returned.
In his lawsuit, Fazio claims last September Ken Kaupas brought his wife’s iPad into the county’s computer forensics lab and told Fazio to crack the password to investigate whether she was cheating.
Soon after he received the tablet, Fazio’s supervisor, Sgt. Dan Troike, walked into the lab, and Fazio asked him if he should do what Kaupas had asked, the lawsuit states. Troike told him he should, Fazio claims. So, Fazio said, he cracked the password, burned all the data on the iPad to a CD and gave it to Kaupas.
Fazio says two years before, Lt. Jeff McKenzie instructed him to send McKenzie a DVD of pornography at the FBI academy because McKenzie didn’t have Internet.
Sheriff Paul Kaupas, Ken Kaupas’ cousin, said the allegations in the complaint are false, and claimed that the lawsuit is politically motivated. Ken Kaupas has announced his intentions to run in the next election to replace the retiring Paul Kaupas as sheriff.
“Anybody can make any kind of accusations they want in a lawsuit, and it will be printed,” Kaupas said.
Fazio claims that despite doing what Ken Kaupas asked, both Kaupas and McKenzie were making Fazio’s working conditions “difficult and unnecessarily stressful” last fall.
After Fazio resigned, the lawsuit states, Ken Kaupas told other police and government officials that Fazio was not trustworthy, was a thief, a fake and could not do his job.
Fazio is seeking more than $50,000 on the three-count complaint. The case is scheduled for court Jan. 10.