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News: Woman to Be Prosecuted for ID Theft After Impersonating Boyfriend on Facebook (1 Viewer)

Scarlett_156

Senior Member
Heh. Interesting article.

Woman to Be Prosecuted for Identity Theft After Impersonating Boyfriend on Facebook

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey – A woman accused of impersonating her boyfriend on a fake Facebook page and posting inflammatory comments can be prosecuted for identity theft, a judge ruled Wednesday in a case that could have wider implications for American cyber-speech.
Dana Thornton was indicted last year on one count of fourth-degree identity theft, a crime punishable by a maximum 18-month prison term upon conviction. Assistant Prosecutor Robert Schwartz said she created the Facebook page using photos and personal information about her ex-boyfriend, a police detective in northern New Jersey, and posted comments purported to be from him.

Here's the article: Woman To Be Prosecuted For Identity Theft After Impersonating Boyfriend On Facebook | Fox News

I know lots of people who have done this or are doing it. A lot of them thing it's only a prank. What do you think?
 

Bloggsworth

WF Veterans
It's theft and should be punished. Getting misleading/untrue information "back" from the internet is like collecting smoke from yesterday's fire.
 
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Writ-with-Hand

Seems to me she could be sued for libel as well.

There's no reason to be impersonating others on the internet just to cause harm.
 

Brendan M

Senior Member


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Well worth the watch.
 

Offeiriad

Senior Member
This is the first I've ever heard of something like this happening. I've only heard stories of people 1) leaving a (public) computer signed into someone's Facebook account and the next person coming along and typing non-sensical things 2) someone creating a completely fake account to attack someone else or lead them on.
 

felix

Senior Member
I know that I should feel sympathetic, but I conclude that it's his fault for using such a social networking site.
 
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