Posted Aug 16, 2012 11:03 am CDT
The FBI is accusing a federal court employee of leaking confidential files, including information that disclosed details of forthcoming raids on Armenian street gangs.
Authorities believe district court criminal intake clerk Nune Gevorkyan looked at sealed indictments, then she and her husband Oganes Koshkaryan passed information on to targets, the Los Angeles Times reports. Both have been arrested on charges of conspiring to obstruct justice.
Investigators became aware of the alleged leaks after a defendant, seeking a reduced sentence, told the FBI that information about the raids was known to some of those arrested.
Koshkaryan is accused of acting as an intermediary, promising confidential information in exchange for cash. Investigators say the man delivered details from sealed court records to an FBI informant, the Associated Press reports.
The raids, which led to the arrests of more than 70 people in February 2011, were part of a large-scale investigation into the Armenian Power gang.