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OMAHA -- An Omaha police detective has been accused in a federal indictment of selling information from a law enforcement database to a car dealership seeking to repossess cars.

Kevin L. Cave, 36, of Bellevue, is charged with exceeding authorized access to a protected computer for private financial gain. It carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The indictment, released Friday, said Cave provided addresses and other information nearly 60 times over two years from unauthorized searches of the Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System.

Cave left the department in September. A police spokeswoman declined to characterize the nature of his departure.

An attorney for Cave was not listed in court documents. An initial court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 18.

Cave earned about $70,000 from his work as an officer in 2010. Court documents said he was paid at least $11,400 for conducting unauthorized searches of the computer database, allegedly receiving $200 each time he provided good information.

The indictment alleges he searched the database for information that would help locate a car buyer and provide it to the dealership to aid in repossession.

A detective in the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Cave became an Omaha police officer in September 2002. He had been the focus of a police internal affairs probe before he left the department.

The Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System database includes criminal histories, driver's license information and probation and parole data.

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