NYC Investigators Accuse Rikers Island Official of Spying

NEW YORK (AP) -

An internal affairs official at Rikers Island is facing accusations that his subordinates secretly eavesdropped on New York City investigators.

Gregory Kuczinski was placed on restricted duty. In a statement, the city Department of Investigation accused him of directing his staff to listen in on calls between the watchdog agency and confidential inmate informants. It said the surveillance continued despite a directive saying it should stop.

The case is the latest setback for a sprawling jail facility plagued by corruption and violence.