Woodbury man gets 150 days in jail for Facebook hacking scheme
- Article by: KEVIN GILES
- Star Tribune
- July 3, 2012 - 11:01 PM
A Woodbury man will serve 150 days in the Washington County jail after pleading guilty to hacking into women's Facebook accounts and stealing their identities.
Timothy P. Noirjean, 27, pleaded guilty in March to 13 felony counts of electronic use of false pretense to obtain identity. Judge Elizabeth Martin sentenced him to jail on June 22. He will serve time on work release.
According to the criminal complaint, Noirjean duped several young women into becoming friends on Facebook, then hacked their photos and personal information to post on sex-oriented websites.
After investigators with the Oakdale Police Department seized Noirjean's computer at the home of his parents, the complaint said, it was found that 13 women ranging in age from 17 to 25 had been victimized.
Noirjean told police he had gained access or tried to gain access to accounts of more than 100 people.
Noirjean admitted going to Facebook pages, obtaining e-mail addresses, then persuading the women to reveal answers to their security questions to allow him to reset passwords. He then used the accounts he hacked to portray himself as the account holder, contact their friends and gain more access to information, the complaints said.
Along with the women named in the complaint, investigators said they found 92 folders in Noirjean's computer containing names or photos of women. Another 235 e-mail addresses with security information were found in another folder.
Martin ordered Noirjean to pay restitution of at least $1,000 to each direct victim of the offense, and $1,205 to one of them. He also must undergo counseling and education programming at Cornerstone Therapy and complete 100 hours of community service.
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