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Marquette County cyberstalker sent to prison

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI--   A Champion woman was sentenced in federal court Monday on cyberstalking charges. 

Theresa Harris, 56, was given 24 months in prison for cyberstalking numerous victims in and around the Marquette area. She was also sentenced to two years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine.

Harris was accused of harassing a former boyfriend and his family and friends from 2014 through August of 2018. The harassment consisted of thousands of unwanted contacts through spoofed phone calls, text messages, multiple fake Facebook accounts, and unsigned cards, letters and notes.  Harris also hacked into multiple cell phone accounts and created fake social media accounts in the names of the victims and others.  She collected personal information on the victims, including their social security numbers, dates of birth, and banking information.

Judge Robert Jonker denied Harris’s request for leniency, saying her persistent and pervasive conduct did not support a lesser sentence.  The judge also ordered a mental health assessment and treatment for Harris.  

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.