Malcolm X Daughter Pleads Guilty
Malikah Shabazz, the youngest daughter of slain activist Malcolm X, has pleaded guilty to stealing the personal identification information of the 70-year-old Far Rockaway widow of one of her father’s former bodyguards. She then used the information to obtain credit cards in that person’s name and run up charges of more than $55,000 in illegal purchases.
Under the conditions of the guilty plea, Shabazz, 46, of North Carolina, has agreed to make restitution payments of more than $55,000 to the credit card companies. She has been held in jail in lieu of $100,000 since her arrest on March 2. Shabazz appeared before Queens Supreme Court Judge Fernando M. Camacho and pleaded guilty to first-degree identity theft.
“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. As such, this is a fair and reasonable resolution to the case,” District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 28. Camacho indicated that he would sentence the defendant to five years probation, conditioned on her making full restitution to the credit card companies. At sentencing she will sign confessions of judgment, agreeing to make $55,884.28 in restitution to various credit card companies. If restitution is not made during the probation period, Shabazz faces up to seven years in prison.
According to the charges, Queens resident Khaula Bakr, 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 belonging to Malikah Shabazz. It was further charged that two additional credit card accounts were discovered in Bakr’s name coupled with Shabazz’s then South Carolina address. Records listed amounts of $8,382.84 and $18,712.06 being owed on the accounts.
In addition, a third credit card account, doing business as “All Day and All Night Markets,” listed Bakr’s name and Shabazz as an authorized user.
Account records contained a letter from Bakr with her signature, as well as Shabazz as a co-signer of the letter, requesting a re-issue of credit cards and checks with a new account and pin number.
Finally, it was charged 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 never received any child care documents from Shabazz.