Instagram Food Photo Leads to Identity Theft Arrest

Instagram Food Photo Leads to Identity Theft Arrest - Crime Wire - Eater National: "Be careful what you Instagram, would-be criminals. This seemingly benign photo of steak at a Morton's in South Florida led to the arrest of Nathaniel Troy Maye and Tiwanna Tenise Thomason, who recently pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft. According to the Sun-Sentinel, an undercover IRS witness told investigators about a man who claimed to have access to 700,000 identities, which could be used to file fake tax returns. The only problem was how to find him; obviously, the investigation turned to Instagram. A flash drive the couple gave the witness — which contained 50,000 identities — held data that linked it to a Troy Maye, which also happened to be Maye's Instagram handle. Investigators were able to link the steak photo, which was captioned "Morton's," to a meeting between the witness and Maye at the steakhouse chain. That meeting and Maye's user ID photo helped investigators make the arrest. Maye and Thomason are currently awaiting sentencing. "

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