MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A woman who used her work computer to find private information on a romantic rival she wanted physically harmed is now headed to prison.

Natasha Rivera received a three-year sentence Friday. The 35-year-old Dover woman had pleaded guilty in June to computer criminal activity.

The mother of two admitted using her work computer at a Morristown-based collections company to access private medical and confidential information on a woman she believed was having a sexual relationship with her boyfriend. She gave the information to another person who she wanted to injure the rival, but that person instead alerted authorities.

Morris County prosecutors had recommended that Rivera receive a five-year sentence. But they judge imposed the lesser sentence, citing Rivera’s mental health history and voluntary commitment to counseling after her arrest.

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