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Spooky Crime Instigator

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Finally, Herson Torres was freed. As Bloomberg Business Week reported step-by-step in April, Torres was recruited by a "Defense Intelligence Agency operative" to rob a Virginia bank to test first-responder reaction times. If caught, Torres' arrest would be removed, said "Theo," the operative. The skeptical Torres asked advice of various authority figures, including two bemused lawyers, but "Theo" was able to calm them all with a dazzling display of CIA jargon and procedures. Torres was indeed arrested, and "Theo" indeed sprang him (with a forged judicial order). Ultimately, "Theo" was revealed to be frustrated computer-techie Matthew Brady, 26, who lives with his mom and grandma in Matoaca, Va. Despite his obviously world-class bluffing skill, he pleaded guilty in May and was ordered treated for his paranoid schizophrenia and delusional disorder.

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