Criminal Nabbed By His Own Food Porn

from the steak-in-the-game dept

We've covered the trespasses of stupid criminals here before. Bank robbers who brag about their actions on YouTube, for instance. Or thieves on the lam uploading pictures containing their whereabouts to social media sites. It seems at times that these guys and gals are just trying to get caught. But that's certainly not always the case. Take the following story, which I have to believe is the internet-y-ist dumb criminal story yet.

It begins with Troy Maye, who is accused of grabbing identifying info on people and then attempting to sell the identities off to bidders. The IRS was tracking Maye and his girlfriend, but they didn't have either of their real names, since they were at least smart enough to give aliases. So the IRS engaged a confidential informant, who sat down to eat with them at a restaurant in Florida.
They came up on the IRS radar after the couple met an informant at — no joke — YOLO Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Maye told the informant his name was Troy and that he had stolen 700,000 identities, but the IRS could not yet crack the thief of identities' identity.
I have no idea what kind of food is served at YOLO Restaurant, but you kind of have to assume everything on the menu has a 50/50 shot of killing you, right? Maybe it's nothing but puffer fish and uncooked chicken with a side of ebola? Regardless, the IRS still wasn't able to get names on the two, so the informant was sent to have another meal with the two criminals, this time upping the classiness of the operation by going to a Morton's Steakhouse. While there, Maye provided the informant with a thumb drive that contained a bunch of identities, which were promptly turned over to the IRS. Investigators were then able to pull Maye's name from metadata on the drive. From there, the IRS did what any federal agency would do:
IRS Agent Louis Babino then headed to Google and located Maye’s Instagram page, which contained a profile photo of Maye. When shown the profile photo, the CW confirmed that Maye (seen at right) was the man with whom he dined at Morton’s.
Well, sure, Agent Babino, but how can you be really sure this was your guy?
A further review of Maye’s Instagram page, Babino noted, revealed “a photo of a steak and macaroni and cheese meal containing the caption ‘Morton’s.’” The image--uploaded on January 7 at 11:24 PM--“appears to coincide” with the CW’s meeting at Morton’s, added Babino.
Yup, this guy food-porned his way into being arrested. The Instagram photo is reportedly being entered into evidence in the case, so one hopes the juicy steak and the creamy mac and cheese was really, really worth all the trouble Maye is now in. Once again, if you're a criminal, online narcicism is probably something you'd do best to avoid.


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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2013 @ 8:17pm

    Was recently treated to dinner at a Morton's. Great food and service, but 75 bucks for a bottle of wine I can get for 14? ouch.

    Why is there such clamor for more backdoors and surveillance at will by gov't. agencies when they can do fine letting egoists do the work for them?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2013 @ 8:33pm

    Man, I'd hate to be the health inspector assigned to YOLO restaurant. Sounds dangerous...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2013 @ 8:44pm

    Looks like this guy...

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    Bit off more than he could chew.

     

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    Miff (profile), May 20th, 2013 @ 9:23pm

    > It begins with Troy Maye, who is accused of grabbing identifying info on people and then attempting to sell the identities off to bidders.

    Isn't that just called analytics nowadays?

     

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    Anonymous, May 21st, 2013 @ 3:59am

    Louis Babino. How fitting that an IRS agent should have a mobster-like name, as he is a member of one of the most ruthless and despised gangs in the country.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 21st, 2013 @ 6:17am

    Am I missing something? Why is the IRS investigating identity theft? Isn't that the FBI's job? I could even see the Secret Service handling that one, but the IRS?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 21st, 2013 @ 7:18am

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    The IRS has wider powers. And odds are the ID thief has not paid the proper taxes.

     

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    Ruben, May 21st, 2013 @ 9:23am

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    macewan, May 22nd, 2013 @ 6:25am

    Re: Re: lizard socks

    Perfect ;-)

     

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