Stories about law enforcement officials turning to Facebook for help in prosecuting criminals have cropped up with increasing regularity lately. It seems as though a lot of crooks can’t help but post pictures of their deeds on the site. A Milwaukee father allegedly dodging child support was no exception.
Christopher Robinson is facing three felony counts for failing to provide child support for his three-year-old child. Robinson is accused of missing the mandatory $150 a month payments every month for three straight years. However, Robinson apparently had plenty of cash on hand; he posted pictures of himself on Facebook posing with wads of twenty-dollar bills. The Milwaukee district attorney’s office used the Facebook pictures as evidence to build a case against Robinson.
“[Facebook] is an investigative tool,” Milwaukee County Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern told ABC News. “It can be effective in assisting in the investigation and prosecution of certain criminal targets.”
Facebook is required by law to comply with investigations, though stressed to ABC News that they go no further in providing information than the law requires, saying: “Facebook devotes significant resources to evaluating requests for user information, and adheres to the letter of these laws when responding to requests for information.”
Robinson currently has active warrants out for his arrest, and he faces up to eleven years in prison if convicted of all pending charges.
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