Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano issued the following statement on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 about a police investigation into sexual messages that appeared with his phone number:
"Cybercrime has struck my family and me and words alone cannot express the depth of my anger. On February 3rd, my staff received disturbing allegations of a social media impersonation effort to slander me and my family.
Ms. Karin Caro, a public relations consultant, reported receiving a call from CBS New York - falsely claiming that she issued a tweet containing sexual text messages between an 'Ed M.' and herself. She stated that she is a victim of a spoofing attack, never received such a text message and never issued such a tweet.StoryPR exec: Sexual text messages with pol are fakeStoryRead PR firm exec's statement
On February 4th, CBS New York provided the Nassau County Police Department with a single sheet of paper, which appears as a cut and paste of a text message, from an anonymous source. Upon receiving evidence of this cybercrime, I filed a criminal complaint with the Nassau County Police Department.
The Police Department's Intelligence Unit and Electronics Squad is actively investigating this matter on my behalf. The Department has reviewed its social media monitor, which routinely monitors my account, and also has not found a record of any such tweet.
I am outraged at this smear attempt and will take legal action against the sick individual who has sought to assassinate my character and hurt my family.
While elected officials are used to being confronted with falsehoods, whoever fabricated this outrageous social media attack committed a crime. I am personally outraged at this attempt to manipulate an online medium where there is no accountability of any kind."