NOT THE SHARPEST KNIFE IN THE DRAWER: Too Much Information
On the lam to avoid bank fraud charges, Maxi Sopo, 26, was having the time of his life in Cancun. “Then he did two things that are never a good idea when you're on the run from authorities,” reports The Associated Press:
He started posting Facebook updates about how much fun he was having - and added a former Justice Department official to his list of friends.
That kind of recklessness landed the 26-year-old native of Cameroon in a Mexico City jail, where he is awaiting extradition to the United States on bank fraud charges. Federal prosecutors say he and an associate falsely obtained more than $200,000 from Seattle-area banks and credit unions.
"He was making posts about how beautiful life is and how he was having a good time with his buddies," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Scoville, who helped find Sopo. "He was definitely not living the way we wanted him to be living, given the charges he was facing."
Even in the hold-nothing-back world of social networking, where police search Facebook photos for evidence of underage drinking and watch YouTube videos to identify riot suspects, it's rare that a fugitive helps authorities this much.
Now, instead of status updates like “loving it" and "living in paradise," Sopo’s updates will be more along the lines of “can’t decide what prison tat I should get” and “hiding from the booty bandits.”