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Prison Guard Arrested for Posing as His Boss on Facebook

facebook welcome screen A prison guard in Rhode Island has been arrested after he admitted to posing as his boss on Facebook. The guard, 27-year-old Matthew Lacroix, reportedly created the fake profile using a computer at his neighbor's house. Authorities first discovered the page in August, and eventually tracked the IP address to the home. Eventually, Lacroix pleaded guilty to "use of fraudulent information," and had to pay $500 to the state's Victims Indemnity Fund. Rhode Island's Adult Correctional Institutions has since placed Lacroix on paid leave, pending the results of a forthcoming hearing.

Investigators say Lacroix enjoyed a friendly relationship with his neighbors, but insist that they weren't privy to his Facebook fraud. "The couple living there knew nothing about it, but in the course of the conversation, they mentioned that their neighbor was a corrections employee," police Capt. James Demers told the Providence Journal. "Detectives went next door and Lacroix initially denied having anything to do with the page but later admitted it because he did not want to get his neighbors in trouble." His boss, Department of Corrections head A.T. Wall, did not comment on the arrest, but spokeswoman Tracey E. Zeckhausen said that he was concerned "that someone would do this."

Authorities haven't elaborated on the information that Lacroix posted on the fraudulent page, nor have they determined whether it was an isolated incident, or part of a larger scheme. Further investigation will determine Lacroix's ultimate fate, and may shed some light on why he decided to create the page in the first place. Either way, though, it's pretty clear that it wasn't the wisest of decisions.

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