“We each made enough money to cover our bar tabs for the night,” said Baroi. But the students’ inflated claims on their MySpace page tripped the red flag with the state tax authorities, who began to investigate. The buzz kill came in the form of a $320,000 bill from the Oklahoma Tax Commission, for back taxes and penalties. A lengthy court battle ensued.
The evidence for the case? All of it came from social networking sites. “They pulled out a huge file on us with hundreds of pages of screenshots. They had every party picture we ever posted,” said Baroi.