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Saturday, October 29, 2011

[NJ] Detective's vengeful ex-girlfriend, Dana Thornton, indicted for crossing the line with fake Facebook page

...The indictment and court papers allege that [Dana] Thornton, after her dating relationship with Parsippany Detective Michael Lasalandra ended, created a Facebook page using his name and birth date, and posted photographs of him and comments. The alleged false comments, written as though Lasalandra was their author, disparage his lifestyle choices and career... She's been charged with identity theft for allegedly creating a fake Facebook page using her ex-boyfriend's name, photograph and personal information and sprinkling it with comments intended to disparage the man...

FACEBOOK HORROR STORIES
Forbes
10/28/2011
[Excerpt] ...Hell hath no fury like a female Facebook user scorned. After Cupid withdrew his arrow from the heart of a police detective, the New Jersey woman that he had been dating took to Facebook to inflict her revenge. Dana Thornton used photos of Michael Lasalandra to create a fake profile and then had him say awful things about “his lifestyle and career”... [Full article here]

JILTED WOMAN FACES 18 MONTHS IN PRISON AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH IDENTITY THEFT FOR 'CREATING FAKE FACEBOOK PROFILE OF HER EX-BOYFRIEND'
By John Stevens
28 October 2011
[Excerpts] It was supposed to be a prank to get back at her ex-boyfriend, but a New Jersey woman faces 18 months in prison as she goes on trial for identity theft after she allegedly created a fake Facebook profile of him. Lawyers for Dana Thornton, 41, say the state's identity theft law doesn't apply to the allegations, but prosecutors claim her actions harmed her ex-boyfriend's reputation. Authorities allege the Belleville resident created a Facebook page as if it was written by her former boyfriend, Parsippany police detective Michael Lasalandra, after they broke up. The profile included Mr Lasalandra's name, birth date and posted photographs of him and comments. The alleged postings that purported to be from Mr Lasalandra reportedly including disparaging remarks about his lifestyle choices and career... 'Under the New Jersey statute, there is no plain wording, commentary, memorandum or any evidence of legislative intent to show that impersonating someone online or by electronic means is a crime,' the defence motion said. But the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said in its court papers that the law generally states that impersonating another or assuming a false identity and acting in such an assumed character to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another is a crime... [Full article here]

FAKE FACEBOOK PAGE LEADS TO ID THEFT CHARGE
Los Angeles Times
Tina Susman in New York
October 27, 2011
[Excerpts] Facebook pages are not to be taken lightly, as a New Jersey woman has learned. She's been charged with identity theft for allegedly creating a fake Facebook page using her ex-boyfriend's name, photograph and personal information and sprinkling it with comments intended to disparage the man. She's now challenging New Jersey's identity theft laws by arguing that they don't apply to the alleged crime. Granted, a fake Facebook page isn't the most graceful way of bemoaning a bad breakup, and it probably didn't help that the ex is also a [Parsippany] police detective. But the angry former girlfriend, Dana Thornton, and her lawyer say she did nothing against the law, and they will seek to have the identity theft charge thrown out at a court hearing next week... Thornton, who is 41, faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted... In court papers, the Morris County prosecutor's office said that even if the law does not mention Facebook or other social media, it makes clear that assuming another person's identity to injure someone is illegal... Thornton's court date is set for Wednesday... [Full article here]

IS A FAKE FACEBOOK PAGE IDENTITY THEFT? EX-GIRLFRIEND OF COP SAYS 'NO': Morris County ID theft charge at issue in court
The Daily Record of Parsippany
Oct. 25, 2011
A Belleville woman is testing New Jersey’s law on identity theft by claiming it doesn’t apply to her alleged creation of a Facebook profile in the name of an ex-boyfriend who is a Parsippany police detective. Dana Thornton, 41, was indicted last year in Morris County on one count of fourth-degree identity theft, which is punishable upon conviction by up to 18 months in prison. The indictment and court papers allege that Thornton, after her dating relationship with Parsippany Detective Michael Lasalandra ended, created a Facebook page using his name and birth date, and posted photographs of him and comments. The alleged false comments, written as though Lasalandra was their author, disparage his lifestyle choices and career... [Full article here]

MORRIS COUNTY ID THEFT CHARGE AT ISSUE IN COURT
The Daily Record of Parsippany
Peggy Wright
Oct. 25, 2011
[Excerpts] A Belleville woman is testing New Jersey’s law on identity theft by claiming it doesn’t apply to her alleged creation of a Facebook profile in the name of an ex-boyfriend who is a Parsippany police detective. Dana Thornton, 41, was indicted last year in Morris County on one count of fourth-degree identity theft, which is punishable upon conviction by up to 18 months in prison. The indictment and court papers allege that Thornton, after her dating relationship with Parsippany Detective Michael Lasalandra ended, created a Facebook page using his name and birth date, and posted photographs of him and comments. The alleged false comments, written as though Lasalandra was their author, disparage his lifestyle choices and career. Lasalandra declined comment on the case Tuesday. Defense lawyer Richard M. Roberts has filed a motion to dismiss the indictment in state Superior Court, Morristown... “Most importantly, in New Jersey no courts have ever ruled that creating a profile of anyone online, without the individual’s consent, constitutes false impersonation,” the motion said... Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Peter Foy, who wrote a legal brief opposing dismissal, and Assistant Prosecutor Robert Schwartz, who will argue in court against dismissal, say the New Jersey law as written definitely applies. It doesn’t mention the Internet, but the law generally states that impersonating another or assuming a false identity and acting in such an assumed character to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another is a crime. In Thornton’s case, the state contends, her alleged victim’s character and reputation was injured by scurrilous comments posted on the fabricated Facebook page... The case now is set to be heard Nov. 2 in Morristown... [Full article here]
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13 comments:

  1. This case is a joke There are too sldes too this story let the real truth come out

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  2. That's what SHE said.

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  3. There was a complaint it was stated in the star ledger.

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  4. Clearly, Judge Ironson overlooked all Federal questions and jurisdictional tests who brazenly implies that he has the right to “conclude” (1) There was a [c]rime and (2) the accused committed [t]he crime.
    Perhaps Ms. Thornton has a malpractice case now against her attorney for failing to Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction or failing to Motion to Dismiss an impeachable Grand Jury Indictment?
    Perhaps she has a Malicious Prosecution case against the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office? A prosecutor’s Duty to avoid wrongful convictions is also “clear and unambiguous”:
    http://www.bu.edu/law/central/jd/organizations/journals/bulr/volume89n1/documents/ZACHARIAS-GREEN.pdf
    If the Morristown taxpayers understood they’ll spend $2 million to try this case ($1 million to prosecute criminally and another mill to “defend” civilly) Occupy-Morristown might be born.

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  5. I read the star ledger article and it appears someone is hiding. And it is not miss thornton let the thruth be told.

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  6. I totally agree

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  7. This case is not a crime the only crime would be wasting tax payers money.

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  8. You people should be prosecuted for being criminally stupid. I understand that you are all here for the sole purpose for finding fault with everything and anything that a police officer does, but get a grip. If someone did this to you, you would not be so calm about it.

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  9. Information about public employees should be available to the public, @anonymous of Dec 1, you should get a life! Stating the law is not criminally stupid and the public should be pissed that taxpayers money (in the millions) will be spent on this bullsh&t, thats the real crime. If corruption being exposed was the objective it looks like its on its way!

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  10. LAWYER FOR ACCUSED IMPERSONATOR OF PARSIPPANY POLICE OFFICER ON FACEBOOK TAKEN OFF CASE
    dailyrecord.com
    Peggy Wright
    12:01 AM, Dec. 16, 2011
    Charging that his client verbally abused his staff and threatened to embarrass him in the media, the lawyer for a woman accused of impersonating a Parsippany police officer on Facebook was relieved Thursday of acting as the accused imposter’s attorney...
    http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20111215/NJNEWS/312150020/Lawyer-for-accused-impersonator-of-Parsippany-police-officer-on-Facebook-taken-off-case

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  11. No one would go this far with this case unless there was factual information. We all judge way to fast wait until all the facts are presented.

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  12. There seems to be a double standard in New Jersey regarding internet identity theft. I am not sure if it is because the victim in the Thornton case is a police officer, or if the perpetrator in my case, is a friend of a Town official.

    I am the victim of identity theft in New Jersey (Guttenberg) but the local police and the Hudson County prosecutor refuse to prosecute the person who created an email address under my name mikerdeluca@yahoo.com, sent emails posing as me that are of a perverted sexual nature much to vulgar to print here, and posted messages in the chat room section of my homeowner association blog with the user name mike deluca. I am an advocate of free speech but saying or criticizing someone by stealing their identity to mislead the readers into thinking it is me who is writing those words in something entirely different than free speech.

    I reported this to the Guttenberg police in early August but they have failed to even file a complaint against "Jeffery" who lives in the same condo as me, The Galaxy Towers. Five months have passed but nothing has been done. I reported this to the Hudson County prosecutor's computer crime division head, Lt. Dezanzo, but he refuses to charge "Jeffery" with identity theft. He said this falls under harassment. He referred my complaint back to the Guttenberg police who have refused to even charge "Jeffery" with harassment. I am wondering if this is because he is a friend and neighbor of the Guttenberg mayor and councilman, Gerald Drasheff and Alfonso Caso or if it is because i am not a police officer. "jeffery" did the same thing to me, as Ms Thornton did to her ex-boyfriend but she was indicted for identity theft, "jeffery" has not even received a complaint for anything and five months have passed.

    "Jeffery" admitted his acts to me, my wife, and two others. Their sworn statements were given to the Guttenberg police. As the admin of my website, i have the IP address of the postings on my website. They trace back to "Jeffery's" office in Hackensak, New Jersey.

    I recently contacted Hudson County Assemblyman Ruben Ramos who sponsored the Bill that expands the statute to include electronic communications as a form of identity theft. I also contacted Senator Brian Stack. I am asking Mr. Ramos to explain the double standard and ask the Hudson County prosecutor to reconsider the decision not to prosecute "Jeffery"

    What is most puzzling to me is that a Morris County prosecutor and a Morris County judge supports the Bill Mr. Ramos sponsored as a Hudson County Assemblyman along with the amended statute. Both Morris County officials recognize that even though electronic communication is not in the statute, it doesn’t make it less of a crime as the judge indicated in his ruling, but the Hudson County prosecutor does not seem to support the Bill Mr. Ramos sponsored, the amended statute, or the judge’s precedent setting ruling that allowed the Morris County prosecutor to charge ms. Thornton with identity theft. I thought this would have been a great opportunity to show the residents of New Jersey and especially Hudson County, that internet identity theft will not be tolerated and that Mr. Ramos's Bill are supported by his fellow Hudson County constituents. I am waiting for a response from Assemblyman Ramos.

    My website is www.galaxyfacts.com
    On the home page there is a link to the chat room blog www.galaxy-facts.com

    Mike Deluca

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  13. Deluca post just proves that Ms. Thornton may have a good malicious prosecution case against Morris County and also what happens if the alleged remarks about the officer prove to be true??????

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