Malcolm X’s Daughter Arraigned In Rockaway Scam
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that Malikah Shabazz was arraigned on March 4 in Queens Criminal Court on charges of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the 70-yearold widow of one of her father’s bodyguards, in part, by stealing the woman’s personal identification information. Shabazz, who has been wanted on the charges since October 16, 2009, was arrested two weeks ago at her residence in Mars Hills (Madison County), North Carolina. She waived extradition.
Brown said that, according to the criminal charges, Queens resident Khaula Bakr of Far Rockaway, the widow of a bodyguard who was with the slain civil rights leader when he was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on February 21, 1965, and a longtime family friend, received a letter from Wells Fargo Bank informing her that she had a credit account with them that was past due in the amount of $28,789.38. Transactions on the account included charges to Bell South, Bank of America, GE, Lowe’s Capital One, Discover Card, Midnight Velvet, AT&T and Wells Fargo. Bakr, who never opened such an account nor authorized anyone else to do so in her name, ran three credit reports on herself and discovered that the reports listed her address as 2514 Louisa Street in Columbia, South Carolina, an address allegedly belonging to Malikah Shabazz.
It is further alleged that two additional credit card accounts were discovered in Bakr’s name coupled with Shabazz’s then South Carolina address. Records allegedly listed amounts of $8,382.84 and $18,712.06 being owed on the accounts. In addition, a third credit card account allegedly doing business as “All Day and All Night Markets” listed Bakr’s name and Shabazz as an authorized user. Account records contained a letter allegedly from Bakr with her signature, as well as Shabazz as a co-signer of the letter, requesting a reissue of credit cards and checks with a new account and pin number.
Finally, it is alleged that Shabazz obtained Bakr’s personal identification information under the pretext of needing the information for paperwork involving a child care power of attorney. After Bakr provided the information, she allegedly never received any child care documents from Shabazz.
Brown said, “The defendant is alleged to have preyed upon the trusting nature of a once close family friend to steal more than $55,000 from her. The charges are serious and if true represent a betrayal of their friendship.”
Shabazz, who faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, was ordered held on $100,000 bail and to return to court on March 15, 2011.