PLEASE NO FLAMING IN THIS THREAD! JUST ADD YOUR STORY IF YOU WANT OR COMMENT IN AN OBJECTIVE FASHION! I'm only posting this because I am venting right now. I've had a really bad day. Here's a little bit of the whole story. When I was 16 yrs old, I was busted for Identity Theft, Wire Fraud, Counterfeiting, and Illegal Possession of Sensitive/Personal Information with the intent to sell. Seen the movie Hackers where the FBI storms the guys house and takes his computer and all related items? Yeah, that really happened to me August 2001. Yeah, so I used my knowledge in computers for doing wrong, but I never used any of the information I gathered from hacking. I was young and I did it only for to see if I could do it or not. And if your thinking I'm a dumb ass for getting caught, I am. The reason I was caught was due to another person who was raided the same day I was. He was someone I went to High School with that looked up to me for information. I'm not stupid, I would always cover my tracks with firewalls, file encryption, and ghost IP address programs. My flaw, was that I spoke to this other idiot online. He got me fucked over because he was under investigation, and soon brought me into surveillance. I saw the surveillance, but figured I was going insane. I noticed that "Peoples Energy" vans were parked on my street. I noticed strange cars following me. I thought this was just paranoia, but found my house raded by the FBI (five agents with blue coats with yellow "FBI" lettering on them all with guns). They waited until I was 18 years old (to charge me for an adult crime) before busting me for what had happened years before. When they came to my house, they asked me many questions regarding any offenses. At the same time the LIED TO ME by saying, "No, you don't need a lawyer". Do you know that a Government Officer is allowed to lie to you in order to get sensitive information out of a suspect, but if you lie to them it is PURGURY? This is true, and this is one of the many reasons why I hate the Government with a passion. Back to the Story….. I live in Chicago, but since I hacked Microsoft Network (MSN) for this all of the sensitive information I had stolen, I was tried in Seattle, Washington. This meant I had to travel to Seattle 5 times total within a 2-year period. This would include speaking with my Federal Public Defender and Court appearances. If you live in or have ever been to Seattle Washington, it is boring yet interesting at the same time. Though the five times I was there, I found NOT ONE attractive girl. According to my charges, I faced a fine of $100,000 and jail time up to 5 years in Federal Prison. I was able to get away with a $2,000 fine, 250 hours of community services, 5 years probation, and house arrest for 6 months WITHOUT ankle restraint. I got away quite well. There was one major problem. I was restricted from using the internet unless my probation officer allowed me to. You might be wondering why that is just a problem. Well, due to the conviction the company I worked for, Ritz/Wolf Camera fired me because of it. There was one funny thing about it all. The Ritz knew about my court battle even before they hired me. I was the TOP seller in the district most of the time (out of 273 employees). I did everything by the book. I honestly never stole, yet the District Manager, Peter Desouza, fired me under false reasons. I’m the kind of person who is very independent. I started my own business online (though not currently allowed to be online by court order). I sold automotive products that I created and built myself from my own knowledge. I was able to have a profit of $57,200 for one year after taxes just by my online company. I would figure this would be a good thing since I’m only 22 yrs old. Let me also add that all parts of my company have been legit. I will go into further detail in this thread if you ask me questions. This is my true story, so I would appreciate no flaming about it! Before you post a flame regarding what I have provided, just think of someone making fun of how a family member of yours died! Please don’t flame is all I am asking. If you have a story of your own where you have been convicted of a crime, and want to share your story. Please do so.