The car dealerships could not find the people who had defaulted on loans and whose vehicles they intended to repossess.
So on about 60 occasions over 29 months, they turned to an Omaha police detective with access to a database containing information on suspects and witnesses, criminal histories, driver's license information and other data.
The dealerships and repossession companies received leads on the locations of vehicles from detective Kevin L. Cave in exchange for paying him as much as $200 per lead.
Cave had access to computers intended for and legally restricted to legitimate police work, and not meant to be used to run a side business.
He admitted in federal court Tuesday to selling information from the database, the Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System.