London - (Ass Mess): The London High Court case prosecuting oil and banking wannabe-heir Matthew Mellon for electronic hacking and snooping activities has heard how the corrupt ex-cops he hired to do the dirty were duped into trying to penetrate the US stock markets.
Mellon allegedly hired Active Investigation Services (AIS) to pry on his wife Tamara during a bitter divorce battle. But other AIS clients included tossers of an even greater magnitude who got their fingers burnt when Mellon was busted along with his snoopers.
A stockmarket trader who wanted secret share-price information and who called himself Len Michaels hired AIS 'to give him an "edge" in dealing', the court was told.
However undercover cops were already following this scam after complaints from Wall Street.
Michaels procured AIS to get inside information about mergers and acquisitions of firms quoted on the US Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, targetting a leading press agency PRN which was authorised to make stock exchange announcements.
Using a trojan virus the company's top hacker Mark Caron said he thought he had "cracked a method of viewing embargoed emails" but received the shock of his life when undercover cops replied with a "rather nasty" response, the court heard.
The message he received said: "You feckless tossers. We will hunt you down like the dogs and will bugger the whole lot of you with sharp sticks."
AIS immediately withrew their sotck market snooper but were pounced on by UK cops who had waited for the email response to lead them to Caron.
Meanwhile Matthew Mellon is looking sick as a dog in the dock of SOuthFork Crown Court where the case is being heard.
A previous partner in crime, Adrian Kirby, was jailed for three years earlier this year for his part in the snooping scam.
And other gang accomplices have turned states evidence to secure convictions.
Mellon faces up to five years in jail as well as stripping of all his pecuniary assets if all charges againts him are proven.