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article imageMalcolm X's daughter jailed for not paying woman she swindled

By Joan Firstenberg     Dec 15, 2011 in Crime
New York - Malcolm X's youngest daughter, Malikah Shabazz, has been arrested and thrown in jail for failing to make good on a promise to pay back the $55,000 she swindled from an elderly woman. She had agreed to the payback following a plea deal.
Authorities held Malikah Shabazz Tuesday night after probation officials said she didn't make any of the monthly $1,229 restitution payments she had agreed to pay. Shabazz had also ignored the judge's order requiring her to stay put in New York while serving out a five-year probation.
The New York Daily News reports that court papers reveal she instead was living in St. Albans, Vermont, above a bar that she was checking into buying. When she was arrested, police say Shabazz had $800 in her pocket, which is another violation of her parole.
The 46-year old Shabazz was given 50 months to pay back the $55,000, or risk being locked up for seven years. Back in June, Shabazz pleaded guilty to conducting identity theft, admitting that she opened up credit cards in the name of Khaula Bakr, 70, the wife of one of the slain civil rights leader’s bodyguards. Queens prosecutors say Shabazz swindled Bakr, having her give up her personal information by telling her she needed it for child care paperwork.
It took a few months, but Bakr realized something was wrong when she got a letter from her bank saying she had a deficit of $30,000.
The New York Post reports that Shabazz admitted during the investigation that she had used the stolen credit cards to pay her own bills and other expenses.
Shabazz will be held without bail until her next court appearance Jan. 6.
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