News, Culture & Society

‘Jeopardy!’ winner charged with computer crimes

Major legal trouble for 300? A trailblazing female Jeopardy! champion has been charged with illegally accessing co-workers’ email accounts at a small Michigan college.

Stephanie Jass, 47, a former professor of American history at Adrian College, appeared in Lenawee County court on Tuesday, charged with unauthorized access to a computer and using a computer to commit a crime.

The Daily Telegram in Adrian reports that state police investigated after getting complaints from college staff earlier this year, accusing Jass of accessing several college email accounts without permission on April 25.

Unauthorized access to a computer is a felony that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. 

Using a computer to commit a crime is also a felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine. 

'Jeopardy!' winner charged with computer crimes

Jass won seven games on Jeopardy! in 2012, setting a record for most consecutive wins by a female contestant and walking away with more than $147,000. 

Jass was dethroned in 2014 when Julia Collins won 20 Jeopardy! games in a row.  

The history professor also took part in the Tournament of Champions and Battle of the Decades Tournament.

Adrian College declined to say when Jass stopped working at the school. According to her Facebook page, she is a singer in a musical trio called Ear Candy. 

In 2014, Jass performed at Croswell Opera House in Adrian, singing songs and sharing stories about playing Jeopardy!

Jass, who lives in Tecumseh with her husband, is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on December 12.