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Instagram Food Shot Leads to Identity Theft Arrest

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Eater National reports that according to the Sun-Sentinel, this Instagram photo of a steak at Morton's in Fort Lauderdale led to the arrest of Nathaniel Troy Maye and Tiwanna Tenise Thomason. Turns out the couple pleaded guilty to "aggravated identity theft and possession of unauthorized devices" this weekend, but not before being caught in the act via- who would have known- Instagram.

Apparently, "an undercover IRS witness told investigators about a man who had access to 700,000 identities, which could be used to file fake tax returns". The witness then obtained a flash drive (containing 50,000 identities) from Maye and Thomason, which "held data that linked it to a Troy Maye", who in an uninspired move used his name as his Instagram handle, snapped a shot of his dinner and helpfully captioned it with his whereabouts: "Morton's". This along with Maye's profile picture aided investigators in linking the steak photo to a meeting between the witness and Maye at the steakhouse and making the arrest.

Currently, Thomason is out on bond awaiting her sentence. Maye, however, is already behind bars. The Sun-Sentinel reports on Thomason's final thoughts: "I was foolish, I was stupid". If only her beau had refrained from his intense need to document his meal whilst in the middle of a business dinner?
· Instagram Food Photo Leads to Identity Theft Arrest [ ~EN~]
· Instagram 'food porn' photo leads IRS to identity thieves [Sun-Sentinal]

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