The daughter of a famous civil rights leader was recently arrested in North Carolina on charges of identity theft
, grand larceny, forgery, stolen property and criminal possession of forged instruments.
Malikah Shabazz was arrested in Mars Hills in connection to New York warrants from 2009. Authorities were tipped off after a call to the Department of Social Services requested that the government agency check on the well-being of Shabazz's 13-year-old daughter. Mike Garrison, chief deputy with the Madison County Sheriff's Office, said that Shabazz had been caught as part of the department's normal investigation procedure. “We responded just to assist DSS in checking on the well-being of the child and found (Shabazz) had numerous warrants,” Garrison said. "I can only assume she did not want many people to know who she was." New York authorities have been tracking down other people accused of fraud. The Times Herald-Record reports that Richard E. Ulloa was convicted on seven counts of mail fraud and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.