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A Chicago woman has been arrested and charged with hacking into Taraji P. Henson's email account and stealing her identity.

Alicia Renee Newby, 26, sobbed when she appeared before a judge in Leighton Criminal Court. The mother-of-six was charged with one count of felony identity theft.

Her lawyer said Newby, who is reportedly two months pregnant, suffers from bipolar disorder.

Police say she may have also stolen the identities of other members of the Empire TV show cast. She used stolen personal information to rack up $12,000 worth of merchandise from retail stores and online. She had the purchases mailed to false addresses in Chicago.

She was charged with defrauding JP Morgan bank, American Express and PayPal, as well as multiple merchants.

The purchases were made in August, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Henson's team called police when the 48-year-old noticed items were being mailed to two addresses on the South Side of Chicago under names she didn't recognize.

Henson lives in Chicago where she once worked as a star on Fox TV's now cancelled prime time soap opera.

Newby was released on a $10,000 signature bond. She was ordered to stay off the Internet.

Police did not say how Newby and Henson knew each other.

Photos by Patriot Pics / BACKGRID, Chicago City Jail

  • T865!

    Doesn’t favor Tariji at all ?

  • KLo

    you got to be one dumb MF to hack someone information and have the merchandise sent to your home address.

  • teather

    Does Taraji really look like that pic? It's not flattering. I don't watch TV much.

  • xxxgracious

    I'm sorry but all these 26 year old women going crazy. It's no way they are in my age bracket! They look old as hell! Meanwhile I'm in publix getting told by this yt lady I should be in school lol.

  • teather

    She looks like she's had too much work done. She's pulled and looking frightful in this pic. I LOVE her, IJS it's not flattering.

  • Ms.Devereaux

    How sway ? Was her credit card information in the emails?

  • Ayeola George

    Curious to know what she bought.

  • Seldomseen

    Hopefully eyecream and hair care products.

  • Shamwow

    Kaleidoscope Miracle Drops

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Homegirl up top looks like she is kin to Cookie but looks Hella RUFF to be in her 20’s

  • Bree

    This is very unfortunate. Sometimes, I wish there was a greater penalty for stealing someone's identity. The things that we have to go through just to clear/protect our name is ridiculous. Why would I want to be anyone else, when I am the best at being me!?

  • rory
  • Bossy704

    I'm thinking if she had access to Taraji's emails she could have just reset the passwords and used the account numbers. She know somebody who knows Taraji.

  • MsPam

    It was meant to be not flattering~ Your Sister in Christ,
    Ms. Sandra

  • ???TheRider???

    Flat Tummy Tea for when she has baby #7

  • iWasteTime

    that gif ... lol

  • iWasteTime

    Ever since that government shut down the agent assigned to me been tripping. All the ads on the internet are of stuff I've already purchased and from the stores I've purchased them from... smh
    I've said I needed to get my son a NorthFace and me winter boots 5011 times and not one ad!!
    Get it together Daniel! Get it together

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Her lawyer said Newby, who is reportedly two months pregnant, suffers from bipolar disorder.
    Hyper sexuality can be a symptom. Bc baby she is fukkin like a champ out here in these streets.

  • Ghetto Real Name

    Hopefully some condoms, contraceptive gel and a sponge or 10

  • Coy little wink

    Some eyebrows, eyelashes and a 40" lacefront wig

  • T Willis

    Yep ?
    80% and rising...

  • WutizstillHERE!


  • Russiancreme

    Go read the full story yall. She assaulted the mail lady when she stopped delivering packages cus she knew some mess was going on. 99.99% of USPS workers here in Chicago is black. Sis knew she was sus af lol. She lucky that assualt ain't have the whole neighborhood not getting mail. Then she went up to the post office, caused a scene n got her merch ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Phucking like a champ is Right because how did I miss that this chick is 26 with 6 kids????

  • JesusSidePEACE


  • Raquel

    Wait...does anyone know if it's easy or hard to hack into an account? Cuz if Boomqueisha can do it, then I can too! Not that I'd want to, but I'm saying.....

  • chan chan

    That thief look like a demon dog.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    This a fool .... and folks been out here hacking ... catfishing ..... stealing logins (identities) NutbagCity!!!!! ..... Protect yourself!!! Fools on da loose Been there !!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    26 chile .... 6??? da hell

  • Queen B

    Thats Taraji's cousin lol

  • Blak

    If she got an eyebrow lift and nose job, like Taraji, she can actually get away with being her twin

  • Vegas1989

    Hi There! I going to need you to come with me this afternoon. I have contacted your stupidvisor and he/she said that you can come with me. I'm going to need you to have a seat in room 2301 for your comment. You are facing a 30 minutes time out. I will come get you when I start my break in 30 minutes. Thank you

  • Vegas1989

    I have a problem with these ladies getting them Joker Eyebrows. No ma'am they aren't cute at all....Hahahahahahahahahahaha….LOL

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Dang so Im not the only one got got.. they cleaned out my bank account though.. I got my money back but shyt..

  • Hazel

    Bipolar and clever as hell lol....although I don't condone criminal activity?

  • speakinmymind
  • Alextra Ballard

    LordT.....26 years old,a mother of six with another one on the way...smh

  • Renee26

    I wonder if she worked on the set considering she possibly took the info of other cast mates too

  • Renee26
  • Madashelle

    As Shug Avery once said "you sho is ugly hee, hee, hee"

  • KarmaBackAround

    If only people use their genius wisely..hackin aint easy! Especially a celeb!

  • Bushbabe

    Of only this chick would have looked in the mirror. The devil is a lie and even Ray Charles would have known she was a fraud. He could touch a womans hand and tell what size she was.

  • Logan Roberts

    26 where bih??? Anyway, if I hacking skills it would be at a bank. I'm not going to jail/prison behind stealing from a retail store.

  • yvette46

    She should be crying for having 6 kids at 26..???

  • IamAllnatural

    They have the same eyebrows.
    The judge should’ve ordered her to not have sex anymore instead of staying off the internet. This chick doesn’t need anymore kids.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    The kids should be crying for having her as their mammy!

  • Ms Trevor

    If I’m facing jail I’m scamming millions! wtf $10K? freedom is worth way more than that lol.

  • Ms Trevor


  • Ms Trevor

    Taraji is pulling a Jesse for attention

  • Ms Trevor


  • ~~eb

    Absolutely ridiculous.

  • Cannelle

    Some people just have ALL the babies. Sheesh.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    26years old and 6 children smh. Damn she got a whole refugee camp

  • Faux Gibbler

    oh dayum. wonder if this is because that equifax breach?

  • Faux Gibbler

    see I wasn’t gonna saying anything about that. Glad you did. Wonder how many different Daddies. smh

  • Faux Gibbler

    you going to hell for that one ?

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Right! Damn it's like she had one every year since she turn 20 smh

  • Faux Gibbler

    that’s a damn litter.

  • ?Patty Kakes?