Criminal Charges for Alleged Facebook Fraud

A Manitoba youth has been charged with a criminal offence for impersonating one of his teachers in the popular social networking site Facebook.

While a number of people have been charged with civil offences for false Facebook entries, this is the first instance of someone facing jail time.

The Canadian statute defining personation specifies that the charge only applies if the impersonator intends to either personally profit or to harm his victim in the process.

The article is in the May 6, 2008 Globe and Mail, page L1.