Monday, February 1, 2021

Tech You Can Use To Rat Yourself Out

 Last time we visited this topic, it was exploring tech that will report on you. This post should seem more obvious. You can use tech to report yourself. Our example, unsurprisingly, comes from YouTube.

Rushdan Abdallah lives in southern California and was into fast cars. He was also into YouTube, posting videos of cars, car mods, driving fast, and street racing. He was good at it and has 220,000 subscribers with most of his videos garnering around 50,000 views.

In this video, a first test drive of a supercharged Mustang, you can see him casually hit 100 mph. The link takes you right to it, and the camera shows you the speedometer. In this one he's street racing on an interstate with a random stranger.

There's lots more. He was friends with a couple of other YouTubers and they met to race on interstates and record content for their channels. Since street racing is a criminal activity, that planning constitutes conspiracy and brings a felony charge on top of the traffic violations. Did I mention they were recording this and posting it on YouTube? 

Making the job of the District Attorney extremely easy. Sit at a desk, drink coffee, and watch YouTube. Here's parts of the newspaper report.

"Police had recently arrived at his Lake Forest residence with a search warrant.

"They just showed up one morning, knocked on the door and towed both cars away," Abdallah said. Two fellow YouTubers also had their homes raided by police, he said.

"I'm in tears. I haven't had my cars for over 100 days, and that's insane to think about," he said, adding, "I love my channel, I love my cars, and I love sharing the videos with you."

The criminal investigation into Abdallah became clearer last week when the Irvine Police Department arrested the 26-year-old and four others and charged them with conspiracy to participate in illegal street races across Orange County.

Prosecutors say the men have held races through Irvine, Tustin, Lake Forest and Foothill Ranch, predominantly on the 241 and 261 tollways — racing at speeds up to 160 miles per hour.

The district attorney's office said Abdallah's alleged participation in the illegal street racing occurred while he was already out on bail on charges that he evaded police during a November 2019 pursuit.

If convicted of the six felonies and 12 misdemeanor counts against him, he faces more than eight years in prison.

Waseeq, Lachin and Rodriguez were each charged with two felony conspiracy charges in connection with the street races as well as additional misdemeanors alleging reckless driving and abetting a street race. If convicted, each faces up to three years and eight months in prison.

Stuart, who was charged with one felony count of conspiracy to engage in a speeding contest and two misdemeanor counts, faces up to three years in prison."

And here's his video talking about why he's not posting new racing and car videos.


Kid said...

On the one hand, stupid is as stupid does.

On the other, politicians commit much more serious crimes on a daily basis.

Multi-tier justice.

Jonathan H said...

This reminds me of those who publish public Facebook photos of criminal activity and wonder how the cops find them!

Borepatch said...


CT Ginger said...

They publish on a public forum a video of them committing a crime. They express surprised indignation when the authorities arrest them. This is the mindset that would seek oral sex from a shark.

Unknown said...

I'm sure Mr. Abdallah has nothing to worry about.

He's going to be approached by the FBI and offered a full pardon if he joins a team of highly attractive individuals and infiltrates a criminal organization that's planning a massive heist.

Personally, that kind of thing (people getting full pardons for working with law enforcement) makes me go from zero to furious very fast.


Beans said...

Yup. The po-po just luvs them some stupid idiot who uses Facebook and Youtube to publish their deeds.

The drug unit I worked for was always catching some, usually out on 3-4 different cases of probation or parole (because drugs are a victim-less crime, don't you know..) idiot who was posting some half-derriere (c)Rap video where the thug was flashing a loaded gun (because he racked it at least twice and casing goes flying,) flashing lotsa money (even though he said he had no source of income (one video the poor boy flashed $15K in real money (high def big screen tv, courtesy of search warrant and seizure, makes identifying things easy,) and, of course, drug use (piles of drugs, smoking drugs, shooting drugs...,) all, surprisingly, violations of the thug's probation and/or parole and/or pre-trial release.

The cops don't catch the smart ones...

Kristophr said...

"The cops don't catch the smart ones..."

The smart ones sit on the video for the statute of limitations plus one day.

Then they post. Seriously.

Roy said...

Are there really people that stupid?

Never mind, don't answer that.

Will Brown said...

Emelia Hartford is one of those who does the Fast Car You Tube thing well (which is to say entertaining while seemingly plausibly defensible in court :)). Her "street racing" is test runs on different cars she owns (occasionally against a friend who just happens to be there at the time, of course) and has modified, that are mostly of the light-to-light variety with the street name signs strangely out of focus. The interstate driving all takes place "in Mexico", and the speedometer shots are all taken on actual car racing tracks (or the occasional dynamometer).

If you can't find her videos on You Tube, I can't help you; do recommend.

Antibubba said...

I'd love to be in the room when his lawyer discovers he's not shutting TFU.

Matthew W said...

Don't commit illegal activity and post it publicly??