Shabazz Turns Back On Plea Bargain
Malikah Shabazz, the daughter of civil rights activist Malcolm X, has been locked up for failing to abide by the terms of her plea bargain that included paying back the money she stole from a widow in Far Rockaway.
That was the condition put on Shabazz’s five year probation sentence at Queens Criminal Court in August. She pleaded guilty to stealing the identity of a 70-year-old Far Rockaway woman, who is the widow of one of Malcolm X’s former bodyguards, and running more than $55,000 of debt in her name. In order to keep herself out of prison, Shabazz was ordered to make a series of restitution payments to the victim in installments of $1,229, none of which she has made yet. She also reportedly ignored a judge’s order at the time of the sentence that required that she reside in New York while on probation. Living in St. Albans, Vermont, Shabazz was arrested last week and brought back to New York.
Shabazz, 46, who used the identity of Khaula Bakr to obtain credit cards in her name for the purchases, has 50 months to pay back the money or else she will be jailed for a maximum of seven years.
The fraud was uncovered when Wells Fargo Bank sent Khaula 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.