‘Food Porn’ Photo Lands Identity Thieves In Prison

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/ May 14, 2013

Consider this the one time it’s okay to snap shots of your food before eating.

Cops were able to break through a longstanding case of capturing two identity thieves after finding one of their ‘food porn’ photos on Instagram.

Nathaniel Troy Maye, 44, and Tiwanna Tenise Thomason, 39, accused of stealing thousands of identities, were caught by Florida police after the Bonnie and Clyde of ID-snatching posted a flick on the social site of their steak and macaroni cheese dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse, Examiner reports.

The term “food porn” stems from the social media term where Instagram users post up pics of their meals on the social site, oft before even picking up their fork and spoon.

A tipster told the IRS that a man named “Troy” had reportedly bragged about stealing 700,000 identities, prompting an agent to scour IG for “TROYMAYE.” The results produced the photo of the couple’s 12 oz. ribeye — which landed them a 12-year prison sentence — was used as judicial evidence in the case. (At time of reporting, the IG page was no longer found.)

The duo appeared in federal court Friday and pled guilty to aggravated identity theft and possession of unauthorized access devices.

For all the non-convicts out there, here are four tips to prevent capturing a struggle plate on Instagram.