Vancouver police have announced charges in the computer hacking case involving pop star Carly Rae Jepsen.
Christopher David Long, 25, of Abbotsford, has been charged with: fraudulently obtaining telecommunications services; unauthorized use of a computer; mischief to data; identity fraud; and possession of stolen property.
The Mission-born singer’s staff contacted Vancouver police in mid-March asking it to investigate claims someone had hacked into her computer and stolen photos. The thief reportedly tried to sell the images to media outlets. By July, police identified a male suspect from outside Vancouver.
Vancouver Police were asked to investigate because the computer that was hacked was in Vancouver, the department said.
Mr. Long appeared in Abbotsford Provincial Court on Friday and has been released with conditions. His next scheduled court appearance is January 4.
The 27-year-old former Canadian Idol contestant became a first-time Grammy nominee this year, receiving nods for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her hit “Call Me Maybe.” The single is certified six-times platinum in the U.S.
Ms. Jepsen is scheduled to perform a free hometown concert at the Clarke Foundation Theatre in Mission on Dec. 17. Five hundred tickets will be given away at the Mission Lesiure Centre starting Dec. 11, courtesy of Target.
“I’m grateful to be back home in Mission where I’ve received such strong support from day one,” the singer said in a news release.