DOJ to pay $134K over fake Facebook profile

The Justice Department will pay $134,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who was impersonated online by a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officer without her knowledge.

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The settlement was revealed in a court filing made available on Tuesday. It was first reported by the Associated Press.

The woman, Sondra Arquiett, was arrested as part of a drug case in 2010. An agent with the DEA used her name and images from her phone to create a sham Facebook profile designed to target others they suspected were involved in the case while she was awaiting trial.

Arquiett, who at the time was using the name Sondra Prince, was sentenced to probation.

Arquiett ultimately sued the agent and the government for violating her privacy and placing her in danger. The government acknowledged in a filing that the agent had created the Facebook page.