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Kids Charged With Hacking, Spying On Their Father

Son and daughter spied on their father with GPS devices, email hacks prior to his January murder, which remains unsolved
It's a murder mystery with a bizarre twist: A slain Pennsylvania man's two adult children have been charged with allegedly hacking his email account and tracking his whereabouts via concealed GPS devices in his vehicles.

Arunkumar Ingle, 55, was found beaten and stabbed to death in the bedroom of the family's Middletown Township, Pa., house back in January; a murder investigation has been ongoing since. This week, Ingle's son Parth, 22, and daughter Avnee, 25, were each charged with more than 450 computer crimes, including unlawful use of a computer, and interception, disclosure or use of electronic communication, according to a published report.

The two reportedly were suspicious that their father was having extramarital affairs.

No charges have been filed against anyone in Ingle's death. But one official said the murderer definitely knew Ingle "well" and that it was not an act of random violence.

Parth Ingle installed keystroke logging software on his dad's computer in 2004, a year after his mother told him and his sister about his father's extramarital affairs. He was able to sniff his father's email passwords, and then he and his sister were able to "track his father's activities and whereabouts," according to an affidavit. Ingle's wife was reportedly aware that the kids were doing so.

Avnee Ingle told investigators they were checking to see if their father was giving a Russian mistress named "Anna" money. She also told investigators that on the day before his murder, her father had told the family to leave their house due to a meeting he was going to have, according to the report.

Both Parth and Avnee have been released on bail.

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