LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – A 21-year-old lady who prosecutors say hacked into the e-mail accounts of pop star and actress Selena Gomez and posted images she found there on-line has been charged with identification theft and fraud, Los Angeles prosecutors mentioned on Friday (July 13).
Susan Atrach is accused of accessing Gomez’ accounts a number of occasions from June 2015 to February 2016 and acquiring photos and different media saved there, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s workplace mentioned in a written assertion.
Atrach then allegedly shared the fabric she took from the 25-year-old singer with others and posted them on-line, prosecutors say.
A spokesman for the workplace declined to offer additional particulars of the case.
It was not instantly clear whether or not Atrach, of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, was in custody on Friday afternoon or if she had retained a felony defence legal professional.
The fees embrace 5 counts of identification theft, 5 counts of accessing pc information to commit fraud or illegally get hold of cash, property or information and one depend of accessing pc information with out permission.
Atrach, who was scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court on Aug 27, faces a most sentence of 9 years in state jail if convicted at trial. Prosecutors have requested that she be held on US$250,000 (S$340,000) bail.
Representatives for Gomez couldn’t instantly be reached for touch upon the case.
The pop star, of Grand Prairie, Texas, first rose to fame starring as Alex Russo on the teenager comedy Wizards of Waverly Place, which aired on the Disney Channel from 2007 to 2012.
She has since gained fame as a solo artist, touchdown six high 10 singles within the Billboard charts, and appeared in characteristic movies.
Gomez has additionally been celebrated because the “queen of Instagram”with greater than 138 million followers on the social media web site as of Friday.