LOS ANGELES — The city of Los Angeles has approved a settlement with people whose confidential records were shared by a police detective working for a private eye who illegally wiretapped Hollywood stars.
The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/2w9ijHj) reports that the City Council on Wednesday agreed to pay $285,600 to 345 people whose records were leaked by Sgt. Mark Arneson.
Arneson was paid for the records by private detective Anthony Pellicano, who was sentenced to prison in 2008 on convictions of racketeering and more than six dozen other counts.
Pellicano was accused of wiretapping Hollywood stars like Sylvester Stallone in a scandal that ensnared actors, movie executives and police officers.
The settlement will be split between the victims according to how often their records were accessed, but the average is only about $830 apiece.
Some $575,000 will go to the lawyers in the class action case.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/