Woman charged in L.A. with hacking email of pop star Selena Gomez


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 22-year-old woman who prosecutors say hacked into the email accounts of pop star Selena Gomez and posted online photos she found there has been charged with identity theft and fraud, Los Angeles prosecutors said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Singer Selena Gomez poses at the Billboard Women in Music awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Susan Atrach is accused of accessing Gomez’ accounts several times from June 2015 to February 2016 and obtaining images and other media stored there, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said in a written statement.

Atrach then allegedly shared the material with others and posted them online, prosecutors say. A spokesman for the office declined to provide further details of the case.

It was not immediately clear whether Atrach, of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, had retained a criminal defense attorney.

The charges include five counts of identity theft, five counts of accessing computer data to commit fraud or illegally obtain money, property or data and one count of accessing computer data without permission.

Atrach, who was scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 27, faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison if convicted at trial.

Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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