Arrest made in Facebook identity theft case

May 25, 2012 5:53:06 AM PDT
A Johnston County mother said she's been living a nightmare after her Facebook identity was stolen and used against her in a child custody dispute.

Chrystal Trammell is a recent college graduate who is hoping to get a job soon. She is worried the legal troubles caused by a fake Facebook page will continue to haunt her.

"I was horrified, disgusted that anybody was sick enough to think of this," said Trammell.

Investigators said 21-year-old Rebecca Nakutis created the fake Facebook page using Trammell's name.

"She created this Facebook page in order to harass herself, her mother, and her friends, in order to press charges against me," said Trammell. "There wasn't a lot of status updates. What she was doing was messaging people [using the fake page]."

Authorities said Nakutis then used those messages to get a restraining order filed against Trammell.  The 29-year-old woman tells ABC 11 she was involved in a child custody dispute with Nakutis' husband and that she contacted the Johnston County Sheriff's office in September 2011 after discovering the fake page. Nakutis was arrested and charged with identity theft Wednesday, following an 8-month investigation.

"There's truth in the details and through cooperation with Facebook and investigating the IP addresses where this Facebook was created, you know the truth has come out," said Trammell.

Trammell, who has spent thousands of dollars in legal fees and continues to battle the restraining order, hopes the worst is over.

"To know that any minute I can get more papers served to me for violations of this order that's in place. It's just been horrible," said Trammell. "It has been a nightmare, not just for me but for my whole family."

Nakutis is out on bond. ABC 11 contacted her for this story, but she declined to comment.

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