Ever had a government official create a fake Facebook page with your face, name and information on it? Probably not, but don’t rule it out.
Not only has it happened, it’s gotten a court’s stamp of approval.
New York native Sondra Prince, formerly Arquiett, was arrested on drug charges in 2010 and found out years later that a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent had created a Facebook profile of her to try and bust a fugitive, using information from her confiscated cellphone, Buzzfeed reports.
The DEA agent, Timothy Sinnigen, didn’t even mind posting pictures of Prince with her two kids.
In June 2013, still with last name Arquiett, Sondra took this the DEA to court, but to no avail.
“Defendants admit that Plaintiff did not give express permission for the use of photographs contained on her phone on an undercover Facebook page, but state the Plaintiff implicitly consented by granting access to the information stored in her cell phone and by consenting to the use of that information to aid in an ongoing criminal investigations,” the court ruled.
This justification is similar to that used in civil forfeiture, which allows police to seize property — including cash — if they merely suspect wrongdoing and then do with it as they please. Apparently, that applies to the identity of a person.
As it turns out, Arquiett wasn’t guilty of being involved in a drug ring and her would-be life sentence was mitigated to “five years of probation, including six months of weekend incarceration and another six months of home detention,” The Blaze reports.