Man Gets 3 Years In Jail For Fake Facebook Profile

from the fraud-or-fun? dept

Earlier this month, we pointed to the case of a Moroccan computer engineer who was arrested, supposedly for "stealing" the Moroccan prince's profile on Facebook. As we noted in the post, the original details weren't clear on whether the guy had somehow gained control over the prince's actual Facebook page (which seemed unlikely) or if he'd just set up a fake profile. Further details revealed, indeed, that the guy had merely set up a fake profile of the prince for fun. Given how common fake profiles of celebrities are on Facebook, it seems rather ridiculous to consider that being akin to identity fraud. Apparently, however, the judicial system in Morocco feels differently. The guy in question has now been sentenced to three years in jail. This seems ridiculously excessive, especially since it doesn't sound like the fake profile was negative in anyway. The guy, Fouad Mourtada, claims to be a fan of the prince who just saw the opportunity to have a bit of fun in setting up a profile for him. It's difficult to see how any court with any sense of reason could consider that to be the equivalent of identity fraud.

Filed Under: fake profile, identity fraud, morocco
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    James, 25 Feb 2008 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Identity fraud is identity fraud.

    It seems like you are probably one with strict punishments. However, the guy is a fuckin prince, people idolize famous/respectable people all the time. pretending to be them online, especially in a place like facebook, is not anything like hacking into the prince's bank account and making a "bank withdrawal". Just because Morocco and other Islamic countries are "like that" does not mean its right.

    people like u are the reason why the Islamic world wastes half their time delivering harsh punishment to women because they dont conceal their entire body with burkas, why people are beaten for having no beards, while not focusing on real life problems, like improving the economy, and the education systems.

    Remember, Its not 1 month, not 6 months, not even 1 year, but 3 damn years, for having a fake facebook account.

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