HOUSTON – A Houston business owner claims she is receiving death threats and is in fear for her life after a hacker posted racist messages about African Americans on her business Instagram page.
Jessica Hatch, the owner of Infinity Diagnostics Center, said she and her business are being falsely painted as racist.
"It's just horrible," Hatch said. "Like I feel like I'm literally being attacked."
Several racist messages were posted on Hatch’s business Instagram stories Thursday afternoon.
"Here at Infinity we do not support African Americans. If we kept them picking cotton we wouldn't be having these issues with them" read one of the posts.
“We do not employ African American individuals. The things going on right now is a clear example that they do not know how to behave," another read.
Hatch completely denied she had anything to do with any of those posts.
“This is an account I have not had access to for about six weeks, maybe longer,” said Hatch.
She also said the allegations in the posts are untrue because she said she has employed African Americans on a regular basis. That includes an African American massage therapist who currently works for her. She has gotten Instagram to shut down the account.
She believes a former employee who had access to her social media passwords is responsible for the posts. The Houston Police Department is investigating and officers are patrolling and making checks on the business after Hatch began receiving death threats. Hatch fears for her safety and says she hopes the person she believes is responsible makes a confession.
“God bless them,” she said. “Just come forth and say, ‘I’m sorry. I did not think it was going to go to this extreme. I was mad at you.’ Let people know that you did it and I did not,” she said.