26 October 2007

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (138)... The Sequel!

This week's bonus joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Ars Technica (from Tuesday, October 23; link good at time of posting):
[Timothy Scott] Short stole the Digimarc printer, along with a PC containing names and birthdates, from the [Missouri] Department of Revenue's contract office in St. Charles. Unfortunately for Short, the PC was locked, and he was unable to access anything on it, department director Trish Vincent told IDG. But without the software installed on the PC, the printer was essentially useless.

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Short . . . broke down and called Digimarc for support—twice—a couple of days later asking whether he would be able to obtain printer drivers. Secret Service Special Agent John Bush told IDG that he recognized Short's voice on the recording from another, unrelated investigation and that the phone number that Short had provided matched up to another identity theft case. Here's another tip for thieves: don't use your regular phone number for all of your crimes. Get a business line or something.

Short was then tracked down a few days later and charged with possession of document-making implements with the intent to use them for fraud. He now faces a $250,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

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