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Chicago Mother Accused Of Stealing Taraji P. Henson’s Identity

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Chicago Mother Accused Of Stealing Taraji P. Henson’s Identity

Chicago Mother Accused Of Stealing Taraji P. Henson’s Identity

Actress Taraji P Henson is unfortunately the latest celebrity victim of identity theft! According to Page Six, a Chicago woman is being held accountable for not only stealing the “Empire” star’s personal information but also several other people’s identities.

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It was said that pregnant mother of six, Alicia Newby, 29, appeared at a court hearing on Sunday where prosecutor accused her of collecting thousands of dollars in merchandise mailed to dummy addresses. She was hit with a felony charge of continuing a financial crime enterprise after she allegedly racked up in excess of $12,000 in fraudulent charges, including more than $4,000 that was canceled after Henson’s manager noticed the bogus transactions last year, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Although prosecutors did not identify the alleged targets, police and court records cited by the newspaper stated that the 48-year-old actress was one of the victims in the case. Authorities did not say if Newby and Henson had any connection, but a police source said investigators were going to look into whether any other cast members of “Empire” may have been victims.

Newby was arrested early Saturday as police served a search warrant at her Galewood neighborhood apartment following a nearly yearlong investigation. Authorities learned that Newby had utilities in her name mailed to different addresses and that she obtained a lease at one of the addresses allegedly using a second victim’s identity.

Newby is also accused of defrauding JP Morgan Chase, American Express, PayPal along with several other companies in the scheme. She was released on a $10,000 signature bail and was ordered to submit to electronic monitoring. She has also barred from contacting victims or witnesses in the case, as well as from using the internet as her case proceeds, the Tribune noted.

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