Malcolm X's daughter admits credit card fraud

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Posted: Jun 09, 2011 3:58 PM
Malcolm X's daughter admits credit card fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The youngest daughter of black civil rights leader Malcolm X admitted on Thursday to stealing the identity of a longtime family friend and using it to make more than $55,000 in illegal credit card purchases.

Malikah Shabazz, 46, pleaded guilty to identity theft in New York state Supreme Court in Queens and will also make restitution to the credit card companies, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement.

She is due to be sentenced on July 28. Judge Fernando Camacho indicated he will impose five years' probation provided she makes full restitution, Brown's office said.

Shabazz, a North Carolina resident, was charged in March with opening several credit cards in the name of Queens resident Khaula Bakr, the widow of a bodyguard who was with Malcolm X when he was assassinated in Harlem in 1965.

According to authorities, Shabazz told Makr she needed her personal information for paperwork involving a child care matter and then used it to open the accounts.

"The defendant, who preyed upon the trusting nature of a once close family friend, has admitted her guilt in committing a serious felony offense and will be ordered to make her victims financially whole," Brown said in a statement.

Shabazz's lawyer, Russell Rothberg, was not immediately available for comment. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Neil Gitin.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Michelle Nichols)