A woman has been accused of stealing Taraji P Henson’s identity.
The "Empire" actress allegedly had her email account hacked by a woman in Chicago last year, who is now being accused of using the email to steal the star’s identity, along with thousands of dollars belonging to the actress.
According to the Chicago Tribune, 29-year-old Alicia Newby appeared in court on Sunday, July 28, on a felony charge of continuing a financial crime enterprise after she allegedly racked up over $12 000 (R170 000) in fraudulent charges, including more than $4 000 ( R57 000) that was cancelled after Taraji’s manager noticed the false transactions in August.
Prosecutors claim Alicia has targeted several individuals including Taraji, and although no other names of alleged victims have been revealed, investigators are now believed to be probing whether or not Alicia targeted any other members of the "Empire" cast.
As part of the alleged financial crime scheme, Alicia - who suffers from bipolar disorder, according to her attorney - successfully targeted Taraji’s email account, and was then able to raid it for other information.