Secret Service operative moonlights as identity thief

Wednesday, 6 June 2007, 1:04 PM EST

Brett Shannon Johnson is a credit-card and identity thief. In five years of crime, the 37-year-old estimates he's stolen about $2 million - some of it while working as a paid informant for the U.S. Secret Service.

Johnson, a well-known figure in the online carding community who went by the nickname Gollumfun, worked undercover for 10 months in the agency's Columbia, South Carolina, office helping catch other card thieves. Then last year agents discovered his two-timing, and he went on the lam.

At Wired.

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