Scarlett Johansson (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, file)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local man has been arrested and charged with hacking into the emails of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other celebrities.
Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville was indicted Tuesday in Los Angeles on 26 counts of identity theft and hacking.
FBI Special Agent Jeff Westcott in Jacksonville said Chaney was then arrested at his home in the 4900 block of Lane Avenue South at about 8 this morning.
"I can't believe he lives across the street from me," said neighbor Loretta Therrell. She added that she almost never saw Chaney and that he seemed to keep to himself.
Nobody has come to or gone from the home this afternoon.
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Chaney was expected in federal court at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, according to a statement from the FBI.
Westcott said the arrest was on federal charges stemming from the FBI's year-long investigation in Los Angeles, dubbed Operation Hackerazzi.
A federal grand jury claims that, beginning late last year, Chaney gained unauthorized access to the email accounts of more than 50 people.
Alleged victims also include actresses Mila Kunis and Renee Olstead.
Prosecutors contend that Chaney hacked into email accounts and hijacked the forwarding feature so that a copy of every message received went to an email account that he controlled.
Associated Press and First Coast News