A 28-year-old New York accountant was sentenced to a year in prison on Friday for cyberstalking his wife while pretending to be an agent with the Department of Homeland Security and threatening her with deportation. Anthony Caccamo, of Flushing, admitted to discovering his wife’s infidelities with two men by using her thumb to break into her phone while she slept, and using identity-masking internet applications to frame one of the men, a DHS employee.
“He made her fear she was constantly being watched,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Fong said at the hearing, according to The Washington Post.
Additionally, Caccamo in June reported to the Homeland Security Investigations Tipline that his wife was a narcotics smuggler. He also created false evidence to show that he was also a victim of harassment from the DHS employee with whom his wife was having an affair. His wife would later call the authorities, and she and Caccamo were interviewed by DHS investigators. During the meeting, Caccamo refused to allow investigators access to his cell phone.
“I am monitoring your top contacts on all your apps. Nothing you have is secure,” Caccamo said in one message, posing as the DHS employee, according to the Post. “Anyone that comes into contact with you will surely regret their decision. The only option you have is to get it if [sic] my country.”
Caccamo, who lived in New York, admitted to marrying the woman, who was from Ukraine and lived in Falls Church, Va., in order to allow her to remain in the country.
Investigators would spend more than 1,000 hours on the case, and tracked the incidents to his personal devices. Caccamo pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking in September.