Factoryville veterinarian Michele Zajac was arraigned Monday afternoon on felony charges that she electronically intercepted conversations without the permission of persons speaking.
State Police Cpl. William Mackiw noted in a criminal complaint that in February an employee of the Bunker Hill Veterinarian Hospital, where Zajac works, said she discovered a camera in one of the hospital’s treatment rooms and believed she was being taped.
Matthew Brown, a professional conduct investigator with the Pennsylvania Department of State,was brought in to assist in the investigation. The complaint states that Brown spoke with a number of current and former employees of the veterinary Hospital who believed they were being recorded while they were at work.
According to the complaint, I-phones belonging to Zajac and her husband were seized, along with two Wyze cameras that had been in the veterinary hospital, by Cpl. Mackiw.
The complaint noted that Zajac’s phone had 275 listed audio recordings, but the nature of all of them were not clear.
However, Mackiw’s complaint said that the recordings were “surrepticious in nature and made without the knowledge of the persons who were speaking.”
He filed 10 felony charges for conversations taped between Jan. 3, 2017, and Feb. 23, 2018.
Zajac appeared before Magisterial District Judge David Plummer who set bail in the matter at $25,000 unsecured.
A preliminary hearing is set for August 7 before Judge Plummer in Tunkhannock.