if they cannot find a real criminal, they will invent one. You might be the one.
Not even remotely as stupid and paranoid as it may sound to some people.
Do not make a target out of yourself. If the mayor is trying to clean up prostitution, do not go to the tenderloin district dressed in a suit, driving a cadillac, and wave at the pretty ladies on the sidewalk, even if one of them is your cousin and you're just saying hello.
A doctoral level professor is a far better person to make an example of than an unemployed house painter, innocent or not.