- 19 Aug 2014
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The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 (roughly Rs. 81 lakhs) settlement with a New York woman after federal dru agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her name.
The settlement with Sondra Arquiett was revealed in court papers Tuesday, months after a judge referred both sides into mediation.
It follows revelations that the Drug Enforcement Administration took photos and other information from Arquiett's cellphone to create a fake Facebook page in hopes of tricking her friends and associates into revealing incriminating drug secrets.
Arquiett had earlier been arrested in a cocaine case and was sentenced in 2012 to time served and given a period of home confinement. Arquiett sued the federal government last year. The Justice Department initially defended the practice but later announced a review.
US Settles Case Over Fake Facebook Profile | NDTV Gadgets