A former “Jeopardy!” winner — and one-time record holder — has been charged with two felony counts after an intensive investigation into alleged cyber crimes.
Stephanie Jass, 47, appeared in Lenawee County court in Michigan on Tuesday to face charges of unauthorized access to a computer and using a computer to commit a crime. According to The Daily Telegram of Adrian, the first charge alone carries with it a potential penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The former game show champ allegedly accessed email accounts of co-workers at Adrian College, where she used to work. Representatives for the college declined to say when Jass stopped working at the school.
In 2012 she held the record for most consecutive wins by a woman on “Jeopardy!” winning seven games in a row. She was dethroned by Julia Collins in 2014.
Police allegedly started investigating Jass after staff members at the college complained. The charges were authorized after a forensic examination of the digital evidence determined there was cause.
“Adrian College wants to sincerely thank the Michigan State Police and the Lenawee County Prosecutor’s Office for their thorough investigation and for ultimately bringing charges in this crime,” the college told the outlet in a statement. “Privacy rights are a fundamental principle of our American democracy, and Adrian College stands with those who protect these rights.”
In 2014, Jass performed at Croswell Opera House in Adrian, singing songs and sharing stories about playing “Jeopardy!”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.