Cave worked as an Omaha Police Officer and, in that capacity, had been granted access to the Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System database.
NCJIS is a protected database that links numerous databases together and provides law enforcement officers with a broad range of information on suspects and witnesses.
Officers granted access to NCJIS are trained that the database contains sensitive information, is protected from unauthorized disclosures, and can only be searched for legitimate law enforcement purposes.
From March of 2010 through August of 2012 Cave began conducting unauthorized searches of the database looking for information that would assist car dealerships, owned by relatives of his, locate cars for repossession.
Cave conducted the improper searches because he was being paid up to $200 for every successful lead he provided. In total, Cave received over $16,000.00 for having conducted the improper searches.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.