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'Food Porn' Busts ID Thieves Who Peddled Stolen Data to Tipster

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 10:55 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Two South Florida ID thieves were caught by police after the couple posted a "food porn" photo of their dinner online.

Nathaniel Troy Maye, 44, of Harlem, N.Y., and Tiwanna Tenise Thomason, 39, of Miramar, Fla., have been accused of stealing thousands of identities before police caught up with them.

The couple was tracked down after their "food porn" posting of a steak and macaroni and cheese dinner found its way onto Instagram, the Sun Sentinel reported.

"Food porn" photos refer to images of meals posted on social media websites.

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The arrest stemmed from a tipster who told the IRS that a man named Troy was bragging about stealing the identities of more than 700,000 individuals.

The IRS informant provided authorities with a flash drive containing 50 stolen identities which he claimed Maye handed him while he was dining with the pair at Morton's Steakhouse.

Police later used the Instagram photo not only to track down the ID thieves, but also as evidence since the photo was taken the night of the data handoff.

The stolen identities were to be used to file fraudulent tax returns under the victims' names, agents said.

When police arrested the criminal couple, they recovered 55,000 illegally obtained identities between two flash drives that were in their possession, the Sun Sentinel reported.

After appearing in federal court on Friday, the couple pled guilty to aggravated identity theft and possession of unauthorized access devices, the New York Daily News reported.

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"I was foolish, I was stupid," a crying Thomason reportedly told the judge during her court appearance. 

Thomason has since been released on bond and is bartending in Miami pending her July 19 sentencing, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Maye remains in jail because he had a prior conviction for wire fraud. He had reportedly been organizing promotional events in Florida.

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