The caption on the photos is incorrect. An AP photo dated May 20, 2009, matches one of the images in the post. Its caption explained the handcuffed suspect, who was 14 at the time, was appearing in court in Caldwell, Idaho, on a charge of first degree murder for killing his father.
“At 11, he hacked the computer system of a Swiss bank and transferred $75 billion to his father’s account,” said a caption with the post.
He was charged as an adult. Photos shared more than a thousand times on Facebook on Tuesday showed the boy in a courtroom in a yellow jumpsuit and handcuffs.
Commenters on the post reacted to the false claim, calling him a “genius” who should be recruited by NASA. However, a reverse-image search reveals the boy was in court for allegedly killing his father, not stealing from a bank.
Five years into a seven-year sentence, a judge determined him fit to be released to probation, allowing him back into society in August 2014.
According to the AP and the Idaho Press-Tribune, the boy pleaded guilty in 2010 to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter after testifying that his father had sexually abused him.
- The boy in the courtroom photos was charged with manslaughter, not bank hacking
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