“Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson’s email account was hacked by a mother in Chicago, who reportedly stole the identity of the star.
Alicia Newby, 29, cried at a Sunday hearing for a criminal offense continued after she reportedly collected more than $ 12,000 in fraudulent charges, including more than $ 4,000 that was canceled after Henson’s manager fake noted transactions in August, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Prosecutors have not identified the alleged goals of Newby, but the police and judicial archives mentioned by the newspaper mention the actress nominated by Emmy as one victim in the case. It is unclear how Newby and Henson were connected, but investigators are now investigating whether Newby has hit other cast members of the hit show Fox, a police source told the newspaper.
As part of its arrangement, Newby – who suffers from bipolar disorder and is pregnant with her seventh child, according to her court-appointed lawyer – has successfully directed Henson’s email account, the prosecutors said.
“After this happened, the defendant then raided the account for a variety of information,” assistant state attorney James Costello told a judge, citing phone numbers, addresses, and financial account information that Newby could then use during online shopping.
Prosecutors said that Henson representatives contacted the Chicago police after her manager saw unauthorized charges in her name and realized that the items were being sent to South Side addresses without any link to actress, the Tribune reports.
Newby is also accused of misleading JP Morgan Chase, American Express, PayPal and various other companies in the scheme. She was arrested Saturday in her apartment in the Galewood area of the city and investigators recovered part of the fraudulently obtained merchandise she had received during the alleged scam, according to the newspaper.
Costello said Newby had energy bills in her name that had been mailed to both South Side addresses and managed to get a lease at one of the homes by using the identity of a second victim.
A postal worker refused to deliver packages to one of the addresses in September, according to prosecutors according to a prosecutor of identity theft. But Newby later got her hands on the badly obtained goods after they had done damage at a post office, Costello said.
Newby was released on a bail of $ 10,000 and was instructed to submit to electronic monitoring. She was also not allowed to contact victims or witnesses in the case, nor to use the internet as the case continues, the Tribune reports.
A message requesting Henson’s comment was not immediately returned on Monday.