Fail Occurred: 7/21/2008

With outsized claims of "I know Noriega, the real Noriega," one could safely assume that Rick Ross' boasts about being a criminal kingpin were as exaggerated as his waistline. But the truth was more hilariously ironic than anyone expected. When photos of a younger Ricky-complete with badge, uniform, and smile-mysteriously leaked to the Internet, it offered a glimpse into the past, the one that Ross had actually lived for three years while working as an officer for the Department of Corrections in the early '90s. He tried to deny it for almost an entire year, not owning up to his past until a 2009 XXL cover story, but Officer Ricky should know how evidence works. Just check his resume.