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Sondra Arquiett Sues DEA Over Fake Facebook Profile Made In Her Name

10/07/2014 01:47 EDT | Updated 12/07/2014 05:59 EST
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This image obtained by The Associated Press shows a Facebook page for "Sondra Prince." The Justice Department said Tuesday it is reviewing a woman's complaint that a Drug Enforcement Administration agent set up a fake Facebook account using her identity. Sondra Arquiett, who was arrested on drug charges 2010 for her role in a suspected drug distribution network, is suing the agent in federal court in the Northern District, in upstate New York. The case is scheduled go to trial in Albany, New York. The Justice Department is also investigating the practice of making a fake profile. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department said Tuesday it is reviewing a woman's complaint that a Drug Enforcement Administration agent set up a fake Facebook account using her identity.

Sondra Arquiett, who was arrested on drug charges 2010 for her role in a suspected drug distribution network, is suing the agent in federal court in the Northern District, in upstate New York. The case is scheduled go to trial in Albany, New York.

In her complaint filed last year, Arquiett said DEA Agent Timothy Sinnigen used photographs from her phone, which authorities confiscated after her arrest. The Facebook account was set up as a way to contact other people in the investigation.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement that officials are reviewing the practice of creating a fake online profile, although in court papers the department defended it.

Arquiett said in her filing that she suffered "fear and great emotional distress" and was endangered because the fake page gave the impression that she was co-operating with Sinnigen's ongoing investigation.

Arquiett was initially charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in 2011.

Lawyers for Arquiett did not immediately respond to emailed and telephone requests for comment. Arquiett did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

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