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Todd Dills

Ocean’s Eleven, anyone?

| November 12, 2008

In last week’s edition of the alternative newsweekly the Nashville Scene, one of the feature stories told the tale of an area long-hauler who, in a move somewhat reminiscent of the plot lines of certain Hollywood crook-as-ingenue-type flicks, attempted to sell two big-box casinos a major fix to a security problem. As writer Brantley Hargrove tells it, that long-hauler, Jeff Greer, of Parsons, Tenn., wasn’t any sort of master hacker, though. He simply realized on a long run last year from Vegas to a Jackson, Ala., recycling plant that among his cargo were reams upon reams of records of high- and low-roller customers of the casinos containing potentially compromising information, including many credit card numbers.

divGreer told Hargrove that, once he got a “>yes” answer to a hypothetical question asked of his employer — “If I hauled grass seed, could I take that home and put it on my yard?” — he proceeded on a path toward felony extortion. It’s a dramatic tale, made even more so by the low-tech nature of paper hauling. Read the full story, “Haul-man’s Bluff,” here, complete with FBI agents posing as casino employees and fatal mistakes reeking of the undeniable arrogance of hubris. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.