Facebook impersonation lawsuit settled by Feds

01/21/2015 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

U.S. – A lawsuit alleging DEA agents stole a woman’s identity to make a Facebook persona has been settled. As reported by WebProNews, the U.S. Justice Department is set to pay the New York woman Sondra Arquiett $134,000 after creating the fake social media profile in order to trick suspects into thinking Arquiett was whom they were communicating with.

Arquiett filed the lawsuit against the federal government in 2013 over the matter. The Justice Department made initial claims that the DEA agents had “implicit consent” from her in having access to her cell phone from which information was obtained to make the profile.

Richard Hartunian, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York, is quoted in the report as stating of the recent settlement, “This settlement demonstrates that the government is mindful of its obligation to ensure the rights of third parties are not infringed upon in the course of its efforts to bring those who commit federal crimes to justice…It also takes into account emerging personal privacy concerns in the age of social media, and represents a fair resolution of plaintiff’s claims.”

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