A Chicago woman was arrested on charges of continuing a financial enterprise after she stole six people’s identities and racked up $12,000 in fraudulent charges, Complex reports.
Alicia Newby, 29, allegedly used the personal information she gathered from six people, including actress Taraji P. Henson to make purchases. Henson’s manager reported $4,000 in fraud charges being shipped to two residences in the South Side of Chicago last August.
According to police, Newby acquired personal information about Taraji by hacking into her email account. “Once this was done, the defendant then raided the account for a variety of information,” Assistant State’s Attorney James Costello told the court during Newby’s appearance in front of the court. The “variety of information” included phone numbers, addresses, financial accounts, telephone numbers and more which was then used to purchase items over the web.
A part from personal identities, Newby is accused of frauding numerous companies including JP Morgan Chase, American Express and PayPal.
According to Assistant State Attorney James Costello, authorities began to suspect Newby after a postal worker refused to deliver packages to her home in September. The packages were released after Newby unleashed “havoc,” the police report states.
The accused is currently pregnant with her 7th child. She was released on a $10,000 signature bail and will be monitored electronically. She will appear in court next week.