Roommates, a pregnant mother of six is now fighting a felony charge after prosecutors accused her of stealing the identities of several people, including Taraji P. Henson.
According to the Chicago Tribune, 29-year-old Alicia Newby has been charged with a single felony count of continuing a financial crime enterprise. Prosecutors say Alicia somehow hacked Taraji’s email, racking up $12,000 in fraudulent charges.
“Once this was done, the defendant then raided the account for a variety of information,” says Assistant State Attorney James Costello. He adds Alicia accessed Taraji’s phone numbers, addresses, financial accounts and telephone numbers that she could use to purchase items online.
Prosecutors say Taraji’s team reportedly noticed fraudulent charges appearing on several of her accounts. Shortly after, they contacted Chicago police, saying items were being shipped to two South Side addresses under names they did not recognize.
A postal worker allegedly refused to deliver packages to one of the addresses some months back, assuming it was part of an identity theft scam. Prosecutors say Alicia went to the post office and assaulted the courier in an attempt to obtain the items.
Investigators soon learned that Alicia had utilities in her name mailed to both addresses, and that she obtained a lease at one of the homes. They have also uncovered “multiple other victims” to Alicia’s crimes.
Alicia is also accused of committing fraud at JP Morgan Chase, American Express, PayPal and several other companies.
Alicia’s hearing was quite short, as the judge granted her release on $10,000 signature bail and electronic monitoring. She is, however, forbidden from contacting victims of witnesses. She is also due back in court next week.
Stay with us at this story continues to develop, Roomies!