A Suffolk County grand jury has indicted Jay Korff, 54, on charges he did more than just hold a grudge against the judge across the river who oversaw his divorce case - he allegedly hacked into the judge's e-mail system and placed numerous "alarming" phone calls to him and his family members.
Korff, a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley, will be arraigned July 23 on two counts of stalking, three counts of making threats, four counts of making annoying phone calls and one count of unauthorized access of a computer, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney's office, which is actually heading up the prosecution. Korff was indicted in Suffolk County because the bulk of his alleged activities took place there.
The DA's office charges Korff grew angry with Middlesex Probate Judge Spencer Kagan after the judge ruled against him in his divorce in 2002.
Kagan ruled Korff owed his wife alimony based on his average annual salary of more than $900,000 over a five-year period. Kagan's ruling was eventually overturned by the Massachusetts Appeals Court, which ruled that even though Korff pulled a nice little stunt in filing for divorce and then not telling his wife for several months, Kagan had no right to change the couple's written agreement that alimony be based on his salary each year - which at the time was as low as $500,000 and as high as $1.6 million.
The DA's office says that was not enough for Korff:
In March 2007, the victim had difficulty accessing his email due to his password being changed without his knowledge. Sometime after this unauthorized access of his computer, several different people from the victim’s address book received e-mails linking to derogatory comments about the victim.
In an online posting last year, Korff vented against Kagan, accusing him of being a thieving Communist Lothario.
According to the DA's office, many of the harassing calls to the judge and his family were traced to an AT&T TracFone. A search of Korff's apartment found an AT&T TracFone with a serial number matching that linked to the calls - along with recordings of some of the messages to the judge and his family and files with photos of the judge and his family.
Complete Massachusetts Appeals Court ruling in Korff vs. Korff.