(NBC) - A drug enforcement agent set up a fake Facebook account for a woman charged in a cocaine case to trick her friends into giving up valuable information.
The practice was initially defended by the US Justice Department, but now they're investigating whether the guise went too far.
The Facebook page was made with photos and information from Sondra Arquiett's cell phone - and with her permission, according to the DEA agent involved in the case.
Arquiett was arrested in 2010 for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. She plead guilty to the charge and served six months in jail.
Arquiett has filed a lawsuit asking for $250,000, claiming she suffered "fear and great emotional distress", and that she was endangered because the fake Facebook page gave the impression she was cooperating with federal officials.
Facebook has declined to speak on the matter, but the social network's site policy states that users are not allowed to set up an account for anyone but themselves without permission.