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Woodbury man charged in Facebook scam targeting women

A woman who thought she was connecting with a Facebook friend was actually being manipulated by a Woodbury man determined to mine her personal data, according to criminal charges filed last week.

Timothy Peter Noirjean, 26, faces 13 counts of felony identity theft. He was charged April 13 in Washington County District Court and is set to make his first court appearance on the charges May 26.

A 20-year-old woman called Oakdale police in February 2010 to report someone accessed her computer after posing as a Facebook friend. Investigation of the incident led police to Noirjean's residence.

In an interview with police, Noirjean allegedly admitted to hacking women's Facebook accounts, stealing photos and posting them on an adult website, but denied knowing that doing so was wrong. Police said Noirjean estimated he had gained access to or attempted to gain access to more than 100 accounts.

According to a criminal complaint, the 20-year-old woman - who was 18 at the time of the Feb. 6, 2010, report - said she had been instant messaging someone she believed to be her friend, but bizarre things began happening after she logged off the social network service.

At first, she was informed that her password had been changed. After she was able to log in to her Facebook account the next day, the woman found a ink to a website on a message from the person she had been messaging the previous night.

The link took her to a sexually explicit website which displayed three photos of her - images that had been stored in her email account. The adult website reportedly identified the woman by first and name and city of residence.

The woman, identified in the complaint as A.C.A., would later learn that she had unwittingly turned over password information during her online chat with the would-be Facebook "friend."

A.C.A. later reported more fraudulent activity on her Facebook account. Her friend, identified as K.L.B., reported that she had "friended" a person who called himself Steve Mills. That person sent her a link that crashed her computer.

K.L.B. later reported that photographs of her had also been posted to the adult website. The person purporting to be Steve Mills told her the link was to his website and that he would remove the photos of her - provided she send him a fully nude photo of herself. K.L.B. declined the offer, police said.

During investigation of Noirjean's computer, police found files containing photos of women and 235 email addresses with corresponding password information.

In all, police claim Noirjean accessed personal photos of eight women, whose images he allegedly posted to the adult website. Police also identified fine women whose Facebook accounts had been accessed by Noirjean and used to obtain personal information.

Each of the 13 counts against Noirjean carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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