Dumb Criminals — 11 October 2011
Children Sell for 150,000 Facebook Credits, Apparently

A Pennsylvania woman was arrested after she used Facebook to publicize plans to sell her baby.  Bridget Wismer (left), 33, allegedly planned to sell the child to John Gavaghan (right), 54, for $15,000–or $17,000, provided Gavaghan wanted his name on the birth certificate.  That’s enough Facebook credits to allow your FarmVille farmer to take a healthy early retirement.

Apparently, neither Wismer nor Gavaghan were apprised of Facebook’s famously poor privacy settings, because the post was discovered and both parties are now facing charges.

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Taylor has been a full-time, professional writer for over three years. On the nights and weekends, he is pursuing an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two dogs.

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