December 11, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) -- A daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X has pleaded guilty to stealing the identity of an elderly family friend to run up more than $55,000 in credit card bills.
Malikah Shabazz was freed from jail Thursday after entering the plea at a courthouse in New York City. She had been behind bars since her arrest in North Carolina on March 2.
Her deal with prosecutors calls for her to pay back the money and be on probation for five years.
Queens prosecutors say the 45-year-old used the name of 70-year-old woman whose late husband was one of Malcolm X's
bodyguards to acquire credit cards that she used to run up big debts.
Her lawyer, Russell Rothberg, said Shabazz is excited to be reunited with her teenage daughter.
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