A woman from Michigan harassed her daughter and the boy she was seeing at the time over the web for more than a year. She did this as part of a catfishing scheme, and she is now facing criminal charges.
Kendra Gail Licari was charged after a year-long investigation that began after a cyberbullying complaint was made to Beal City Schools.
Lucari, the girl's dad, worked with the boy's mom and the school authorities to find out who the potential offenders might have been. This was because her daughter and the boy were being targeted by the bully.
Lucari was the coach of the girl's basketball team.
The lawsuit was filed in December, but Isabella County Prosecutor David Barberi said that the texts were sent as early as 2021.
The woman made the attacks off the school campus, and no school equipment was used. This made it harder for the authorities to find out who the bully was.
Nevertheless, in January 2021, the district ask authorities for assistance, and by April of that year, the FBI cybercrime unit had to be involved in the investigation.
The FBI was able to block the IP addresses being used to send the images, and then they discovered they were linked to Licari.
It was discovered that the mom might have been using a VPN (a virtual private network) to hide her location. She was doing this to make it seem like the attacks were being made from places with other teens.
To make it seem like the messages were being sent by another teenager, she used slang and abbreviations. In total, 349 pages of abusive messages and social media communications were discovered by the prosecutor's office.
After the mom was confronted about the abusive texts, she quickly apologized. However, it was not apparent why she had decided to bully her own daughter.
The 42-year-old mother faced charges of stalking a child, two charges of criminal computer user, and a count of obstructing the administration of justice.
Initially, the mother allegedly tried to blame her crimes on another youngster. She did this as the matter was being investigated by the authorities.
After her arrest, Lucari was released on a $5,000 bond. However, she might have to spend years behind bars because stalking a kid and perverting the course of justice can make her spend 5 years behind bars.
Using a computer to commit a crime can result in a 10-year sentence.
She will appear in court on December 29 to determine if there is adequate evidence to start a trial against her.