Internet Law

Woman Charged with Felony, Used Fake Craigslist Job Ad to Harass Ex-Boss, Cops Say

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Seeking to harass a former boss, a 33-year-old Houston woman allegedly posted a fake job ad on Craigslist, sending a flood of calls to his office from would-be applicants.

But Amanda Anderson created an even bigger problem for herself, according to Friendswood police. She has now been charged with a third-degree felony by the Galveston County District Attorney under a new state law that criminalizes such Internet harassment, reports Ultimate Clear Lake in a blog post reprinted in the Houston Chronicle.

The post provides the relevant text of Texas Penal Code 33.07, which in part prohibits adopting another person’s identity on a social networking site “with the intent to harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten any person.”

The article says Anderson turned herself in yesterday and was released on $5,000 bond, but doesn’t include any comment from her or her legal counsel.

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Hartford Courant: “Man Charged With Posting Threat On Newspaper Website”

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