2011-08-05 / Top Stories

Five Years Probation For Shabazz

By Nicholas Briano

Malikah Shabazz has been sentenced to five years probation. Malikah Shabazz has been sentenced to five years probation. Malikah Shabazz, the daughter of civil rights activist Malcolm X, has been ordered to pay back the money she stole from a widow or be sent to prison for seven years.

That was the condition put on Shabazz’s five year probation sentence last week in Queen Criminal Court. She pleaded guilty in June to stealing the identity of a 70-year-old Far Rockaway woman who is the widow of one of her father’s former bodyguards, and running more than $55,000 of debt in her name.

Shabazz, 46, used the identity of Khaula Bakr to obtain credit cards in her name for the purchases. She pleaded guilty to first degree identity theft.

At the sentencing she agreed to sign confessions of judgment, which makes her responsible for making $55,884.28 in restitution payments to various credit card companies. She has five years to pay the balances or face seven years in prison.

The fraud was uncovered when Wells Fargo Bank sent Bakr an alarming notification 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.

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