Thomas Zambito, NY Daily News, July 28, 2011
Malcolm X’s youngest daughter was sentenced to five years probation today for swindling an elderly widow out of $55,000 by running up charges on her credit card.
Malikah Shabazz, 46, has been ordered to pay back the money she stole or risk being thrown into prison for seven years.
Shabazz pleaded guilty to first-degree identity theft last month.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown accused Shabazz of “preying upon the trusting nature” of Khaula Bakr, a family friend and widow of one of the slain civil rights leader’s bodyguards. Prosecutors say she opened credit card accounts in Bakr’s name.
Bakr, 70, discovered the theft when she got a letter from her bank demanding nearly $30,000 in payments for an overdue account.