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Pellicano case spreads to FBI, and to Hollywood

December 4, 2008 |  9:53 am

The Anthony Pellicano case appears to have expanded -- a little at least. An FBI agent was charged this week for  allegedly accessing bureau computer records on behalf of the private eye to the stars. And there is a connect to a well-known film actress. From the Washington Post:

Mark T. Rossini, 47, who lives in New York, was charged Monday in U.S. District Court here with five misdemeanor counts of illegally accessing computers at the bureau's headquarters between January and July 2007. Officials say he was searching for reports dealing with Pellicano. The charges come in what's known as a "criminal information," which can be filed only with a defendant's consent and generally signals a plea deal is near. Rossini is scheduled to appear at a hearing on Monday. Rossini's status at the bureau could not be determined. His lawyer did not return a phone call seeking comment. Rossini's girlfriend, the actress Linda Fiorentino, known for her role in "The Last Seduction," has personal ties to Pellicano, according to law enforcement officials.

-- Shelby Grad