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(NEWSER) – A DEA agent used a woman's identity—along with private pictures from her phone—to create a fake Facebook profile without her knowledge, BuzzFeed reports. The government is defending the agent's actions in the scheme to connect with potential criminal targets.

In a court filing, officials say special agent Timothy Sinnigen had the right to impersonate Sondra Arquiett (who went by the name Sondra Prince at the time) and use photos from her seized phone, among them revealing images and a picture of her young son and niece. The account was created after Arquiett was arrested for alleged involvement with a drug ring in 2010; she didn't find out about it until a friend asked about the pictures later that year, BuzzFeed notes.

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