Burglar Arrested After Checking Facebook During Robbery
According to The Journal, a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man was arraigned on a charge of felony daytime robbery. How did police catch him? Simple: the burglar left a trail, by way of checking his Facebook account before leaving the house with two diamond rings and forgetting to log out.link
Insurance Company Revoked Her Health Benefits After Discovering Photos on Facebook.
Nathalie Blanchard, a 29-year-old IBM employee from Bromont, Quebec, was suffering from depression and took time away from work, relying on sick-leave benefits from her insurer, Manulife Financial.
The monthly payments were suddenly halted. When she called Manulife to ask why, she says she was told that it had espied photos on her Facebook page that showed her cheerful. Ergo, the argument allegedly went, she was able to work. Which led to the second ergo: no more payments.
In the photos, the 29-year-old Canadian woman appears to be having a good time, enjoying the company of family and friends on the beach and at a bar.link
Fugitive Busted After Making Cop His Facebook Friend
Maxi Sopo was living the dream of a fugitive abroad, kicking back on the beaches of Cancun by day, partying in the clubs by night.
Then he did two things that are never a good idea when you’re on the run from authorities: He started posting Facebook updates about how much fun he was having — and added a former Justice Department official to his list of friends.
Investigators initially could find no trace of him on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, and they were unable to pin down his exact location in Mexico.
But several months later, Secret Service agent Seth Reeg checked Facebook again — and up popped Maxi Sopo. His photo showed him wearing a black jacket decorated with a white lion as he stood in front of a party backdrop featuring logos of BMW and Courvoisier cognac.
Although Sopo’s profile was set to private, his list of friends was not, and Scoville -the Assistant US Attorney who helped find Sopo – started combing through it. He was surprised to see that one friend listed an affiliation with the Justice Department and sent him a message requesting a phone call.
“We figured this was a person we could probably trust to keep our inquiry discreet,” Scoville said.
The former official told Scoville he had met Sopo in Cancun’s nightclubs a few times, but did not really know him and had no idea he was a fugitive. The official learned where Sopo was living and passed that information back to Scoville, who provided it to Mexican authorities.link
Facebook Status Update Saves Teen from Jail
Now Facebook can keep you out of jail. Nineteen-year-old Rodney Bradford’s Facebook update at 11:49a.m. on October 17 was accepted as a suitable alibi after he was arrested in connection with a mugging in Brooklyn. The district attorney subpeonaed Facebook, who verified that the status update was created from a computer at the address of Mr. Bradford’s father in Harlem, where the accused indicated he had been at the time of the robbery.
After Facebook’s location confirmation, the charges against Bradford were dropped. Lawyer John Browning, who specializes in social networking and the law, said it is the first case he knows about where a Facebook update has served as alibi evidence.link
Call Centre Worker Caught Out By Boss After Posting ‘Sickie’ Plan On ‘Facebook’
After a particularly heavy night out Kyle Doyle decided that he would phone in sick and treat himself to a day in bed.
To celebrate his day off Kyle, a 21-year-old call centre worker, updated the status on his Facebook page to reflect the fact.
Unfortunately for Kyle, his online boast did not go unnoticed by his employers.
On his profile on the site he wrote: ‘not going to work, f*** it i’m still trashed SICKIE WOO.’
Now an email exchange between Kyle and the HR department at the call centre where he worked has been forwarded around the world.
When Kyle protests that his absence was because he was ill, the HR employee simply forwards him a clip of his Facebook profile.
The exchange begins with an HR employee, Niresh Regmi, asking Kyle to provide a medical certificate for his day off.
Kyle objects to the request and says that his contract does not require him to provide a certificate if he is off sick.
However, Regmi is insistent and informs Kyle that his line manager has decided that his absence was not related to medical reasons
Seemingly angry, Kyle again refuses and insists that his leave is processed as normal.
It is at this point that Regmi simply replies: ‘I believe the proof that you are after is below’ and attaches a copy of Kyle’s Facebook profile.
The call centre have said that they will be launching an investigation.link
Kidnapped Kid Found His Mother Through Facebook After 22 Years
An Italian child allegedly kidnapped by his father when he was five years-old has resurfaced in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, after 22 years living under a different name. Alex Anfuso reappeared via the internet social networking site Facebook looking for his Italian relatives.
On 17 March 1987, the father of the then five year-old child Alex Anfuso reportedly asked a friend to kidnap his child from Guidonia, a town on the outskirts of Rome, and to bring him to Egypt, where the father lived.
“My name is Alex. I am looking for my family. I am looking for my mother,” wrote Alex Anfuso on Facebook, in a bid to find his relatives.
Alex decided to search for his Italian relatives by searching on Facebook for anyone with the last name ‘Anfuso’.
He sent a message to many people, including Pino Anfuso, a TV technician who works for state broadcaster RAI in the southern city of Reggio Calabria.
Although Pino Anfuso is not a relative of Alex, he decided to share the story with the popular TV show “Chi l’ha visto” or “Who has seen them?” and Alex went on air to tell his story.
According to inquiries conducted by the show, Alex’s mother Silvana died before she could see him again.link