Local Victim In Shabazz Identity Scam
Law enforcement officials have corroborated to The Wave that the victim in the identity scam that recently led to the arrest of Malcolm X’s youngest daughter, Malikah Shabazz, is a 70-year-old Far Rockaway woman whose husband was with the civil rights icon when he was assassinated in a Harlem mosque in 1965.
Court papers identify the woman as Khaula Bakr of Far Rockaway. According to court papers, the investigation into Shabazz began when Bakr got some papers from Wells Fargo Bank that indicated she had a credit account that was post due in the amount of more than $28,000.
The widow never had such credit lines, court papers show. Three credit reports allegedly showed that the address under which the accounts were listed was an address at which Shabazz lived, not Bakr. Investigators then found two more accounts with Bakr’s name and Shabazz’s address.
Some business credit cards in Bakr’s name that authorized Shabazz as a user were found as well.
Last week, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that Malikah Shabazz, the youngest daughter of slain activist Malcolm X, had been charged with defrauding the 70-year-old widow of one of her father’s bodyguards, out of more than $55,000 between August 2006 and November 2007, in part, by stealing the woman’s personal identification information.
Brown said, “The defendant is accused of stealing not only a substantial amount of money from a once close family friend but her personal identity, as well. The alleged theft represents a shameful betrayal of the friendship that existed between the two families.”
According to court papers supplied by Brown, two lines of credit and a number of open credit cards in which Shabbaz was an authorized user, were involved in the scam.
The District Attorney said that Shabazz, 44, was apprehended in Mars Hills (Madison County), North Carolina, on Friday, February 18, 2011, on a New York arrest warrant – issued on October 16, 2009 – charging her with the crimes of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, firstdegree identity theft, first-degree falsifying business records, first-degree scheme to defraud and third-degree unlawful possession of personal identification information.
On Wednesday, Shabazz, who faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, waived extradition and was returned to New York City, where she was immediately arraigned in Queens Criminal Court. Court officials say tjat Shabbaz could face up to seven years in prison should she be convicted of all of the charges against her.