APNewsBreak: Woman sues after US agent sets up fake Facebook page in her name, uses her photos

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The Justice Department says it is reviewing a woman's complaint that a Drug Enforcement Administration agent set up a fake Facebook account using her identity.

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Sondra Arquiett, who was arrested on drug charges 2010 for her alleged role in a suspected drug distribution network, is suing the agent in federal court in the Northern District, in upstate New York.

She says the agent used photographs from her phone, which authorities confiscated, to set up the Facebook account as a way to contact suspects in their investigation.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said Tuesday officials are reviewing the incident. In court papers the Justice Department has defended the practice.

Arquiett says she suffered fear and emotional distress.

She was initially charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in 2011.