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Feds indict woman in MySpace hoax that led to suicide

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Megan Meier

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis – A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted a St. Charles County woman for her alleged role in an internet hoax that resulted in a girl's suicide.

Lori Drew is accused of conspiracy and accessing protected computers without authorization to inflict emotional distress.

Drew allegedly helped create a fake MySpace account to contact neighbor Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named Josh Evans.

Meier hanged herself in October 2006 after receiving cruel messages, including one stating the world would be better off without her.

Drew has denied creating the account and sending messages to Megan.

Los Angeles prosecutors are handling the case because MySpace is based in southern California.

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