PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police confirmed an employee in Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office has been arrested, accused of tampering with criminal records.
Shanice In – who police confirmed works in the office’s Bureau of Criminal Identification – was released on $25,000 personal recognizance following her arraignment in Providence District Court Friday afternoon.
According to court records, In, 40, of Providence is charged with unlawful access to computer for fraudulent purposes; intentional access, alteration, damage or destruction; and computer trespass.
The facts of the case were not read in court. However, according to the police report, In cleaned the criminal records of two men, one of whom she was dating.
The report said both men – James Hodges, 47, and Scott McMahon, 47, had extensive records.
According to the report, investigators determined through a query that on May 17, 2017 a “No Record letter” was printed for Hodges from In’s computer. The report said video surveillance from the time the letter was printed showed In working at the computer. Police said a similar report was printed for McMahon on Feb. 18, 2017. During that time, the report said, In was logged on to that computer.
During the course of the investigation, police reportedly determined that In and McMahon were dating.
One of the items In’s accused of removing from McMahon’s record is a domestic violence case which, according to the police report, In herself filed.
According to the report, computer records showed a no-contact order was entered into the state and national system on May 25, 2017, only to be removed the next day on May 26, 2017. According to the report, surveillance video showed In working the main terminal at the time the order was deleted.
The AG’s office said In was fired immediately upon her arrest.
“It is very upsetting and troubling to learn that an employee has engaged in this alleged criminal behavior. Our employees take great pride in the work they perform each day in serving and protecting the public. While this is an isolated incident, I want the public to be assured that the alleged actions of this employee will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted accordingly,” said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
In is due back in court September 15.