Former Corzine administration official Malik Cupid pled guilty yesterday to two counts of eavesdropping, according to the district attorney of Westchester County, New York.
Cupid, who served as Gov. Corzine’s cabinet liaison and as chief of staff to Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, was originally charged with four counts of grand larceny for assuming his ex-girlfriend’s identity and stealing $1,400 from her account while she was actively serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Cupid also logged on to his ex-girlfriend’s America Online account to read her emails.
The case made national headlines because of the coincidence of someone with the name Cupid being charged with scamming his girlfriend on Valentines Day.
Under the terms of the deal, Cupid pled guilty to a felony count of eavesdropping and a misdemeanor count of attempted eavesdropping. He was also ordered to pay restitution to back the full amount that he stole from his ex-girlfriend, who secured a permanent order of protection against him.
Cupid will serve one year of interim probation until his formal sentencing. If he abides by the terms of the plea deal, Cupid’s felony charge will be dropped. Otherwise, he could serve a maximum of four years in prison.
Cupid resigned from his post at the Department of State on July 2nd.