A New Jersey woman who allegedly hacked the email accounts of Selena Gomez and an associate of the actress pleaded not guilty to various felony charges at a Los Angeles court, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.
Susan Atrach of Ridgefield Park is facing five felony counts of identity theft; five felony counts of accessing and using computer date to commit fraud or to control or obtain money, property or data; and one felony count of accessing and using computer data or taking supporting documentation without permission.
Atrach was released on her own recognizance on Monday, Aug. 27, but under the condition that she will not use anyone else’s identity online, said Paul Eakins, a spokesman with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
A preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 22.
Atrach allegedly accessed Selena and her associate’s email accounts “several times” from June 2015 to February 2016. According to Deputy District Attorney Ben Forer of the Cyber Crime Division, Atrach allegedly obtained stored media, which she then posted online and shared with others.
If convicted of all charges, Atrach could face a maximum sentence of nine years and eight months in state prison.
Gomez was previously hacked last year when someone accessed her Instagram and posted personal shots of her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber. Her account was taken down immediately, and the photos removed.
Alleged nude photos of the star were also posted online as part of a major hacking scandal in 2014.
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