New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been investigating “a massive scheme” being perpetrated to corrupt the FCC with fake public comments online.

In an open letter to the Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC), Schneiderman accused the agency of not giving him “critical” information regarding an investigation his office has been conducting regarding a “massive scheme” over the last six months to “corrupt the FCC’s comment process on net neutrality by impersonating 100,000s of real Americans.”

In the letter, Schneiderman charged that the process the FCC has “employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to current net neutrality rules has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities — and the FCC has been unwilling to assist my office in our efforts to investigate this unlawful activity.”

Schneiderman’s letter comes after FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced on Tuesday that the FCC will vote to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules which were created in an effort to force internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally.

Pai slammed the rules as “heavy-handed, utility-style” regulation of the internet imposed by Democrats.

According to Schneiderman, “Specifically, for six months my office has been investigating who perpetrated a massive scheme to corrupt the FCC’s notice and comment process through the misuse of enormous numbers of real New Yorkers’ and other Americans’ identities. Such conduct likely violates state law — yet the FCC has refused multiple requests for crucial evidence in its sole possession that is vital to permit that law enforcement investigation to proceed.”

Schneiderman noted that his office discovered that tens of thousands of New Yorkers may have had their identities “misused.”

In June 2017, Schneiderman  said his office contacted the FCC to request records relating to its public comment system. He further charged that his office made the request for logs and other records at least nine times over the past five months and had asked multiple top FCC officials for assistance.

“Yet we have received no substantive response to our investigative requests. None,” he wrote. “We all have a powerful reason to hold accountable those who would steal Americans’ identities and assault the public’s right to be heard in government rulemaking. If law enforcement can’t investigate and (where appropriate) prosecute when it happens on this scale, the door is open for it to happen again and again.”

Schneiderman encouraged the FCC to reconsider its “refusal” to help his office’s law enforcement investigation “identify and hold accountable those who illegally misused so many New Yorkers’ identities to corrupt the public comment process.”

“In an era where foreign governments have indisputably tried to use the internet and social media to influence our elections, federal and state governments should be working together to ensure that malevolent actors cannot subvert our administrative agencies’ decision-making processes,” he wrote.