NJ woman fights charge over fake Facebook page

October 26, 2011 5:37:56 AM PDT
Lawyers for a New Jersey woman say the state's identity theft law doesn't apply to allegations that she created a fake Facebook profile about her ex-boyfriend.

Forty-one-year-old Dana Thornton faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted.

Authorities allege the Belleville resident created a Facebook page as if it was written by her former boyfriend, Parsippany police Detective Michael Lasalandra, after they broke up.

The Daily Record of Parsippany reports Thornton's lawyer, Richard Roberts, claims while his client may have violated Facebook rules, there's no law in New Jersey against creating a profile of anyone online.

Morris County prosecutors say even though the ID theft law doesn't mention the Internet, Thornton's action harmed her ex-boyfriend's reputation.

Lasalandra declined comment.

A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 2.


Information from: Daily Record, http://www.dailyrecord.com