NJ mayor accused of hacking opponents' websites

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Posted: May 25, 2012 3:21 PM
NJ mayor accused of hacking opponents' websites

Federal prosecutors say a New Jersey mayor and his adult son hacked into websites of political foes who were seeking his recall.

West New York Mayor Felix Roque (row'-KAY) and his 22-year-old son, Joseph, each face more than 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of gaining unauthorized access to computers, conspiracy and causing damage to protected computers.

Both were arrested Thursday morning by FBI agents and have been released on bail.

Felix Roque's attorney, Bryan Blaney, said Friday that his client planned to plead not guilty at an arraignment scheduled for June 4.

A message was left Friday with Joseph Roque's attorney, John Azzarello, but his office was closed.

Roque is a Democrat who beat former Mayor Sal Vega in a nonpartisan election this month.