Woman Indicted in MySpace Suicide Case

Woman Indicted in MySpace Suicide Case: A Missouri woman is accused of using a phony online identity to taunt a girl, who then committed suicide.

In a highly unusual use of a federal law generally employed in computer fraud cases, a federal grand jury here on Thursday indicted a Missouri woman accused of using a phony online identity to trick and taunt a 13-year-old girl, who committed suicide in response to the cyberbaiting.

The woman, Lori Drew, was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing a computer without authorization and via interstate commerce to obtain information to inflict emotional distress. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

(Via NYT > Technology.)

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