As we’ve mentioned before, people frequently say and do stupid things on the internet. For some reason, normally sane people take leave of their senses when posting things online, believing that their actions can never come back to haunt them. Sadly for these people, that’s almost never the case.
Instead, as attorneys and judges become more technologically advanced a person’s internet behavior is easier and easier to bring back to life. Messages, photographs, text messages and emails can all be found and dredged up again at inconvenient moments. One example of that is the recent case of a man from Wisconsin who is now facing felony charges after posting a photograph of himself surrounded by a giant pile of money.
You might be asking yourself, what’s the big deal? Sure, a pile of money is a bit unorthodox, but there’s nothing illegal about it, right? Wrong. The problem is not the picture of the money, it’s that the man was seriously in arrears with his child support at the time of the picture.
The young man flaunted his money, booze and other extravagant purchases online for the world to see, yet never made a single child support payment for his two-year-old child. The man will now have his work cut out for him trying to explain to a judge why he possessed so much cash but was never able to spare any for his child.
In a related case, another man is now under investigation by another Wisconsin prosecutor after claiming on Facebook that he had a job and had enough money to buy a new motorcycle while also telling a court that he was destitute and unable to pay his child support obligations. Yet again, someone’s online activities have come back to bite them. The moral of the story is, if you don’t want a judge to see it, don’t post it online.
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Source: “Facebook Money Pics Bust Dad for Allegedly Dodging Child Support,” by Alexa Valiente, published at ABCNews.com.
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