US student in $116k ID theft scam

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Old 16-Jul-2008
US student in $116k ID theft scam

PHILADELPHIA: A 22-year-old woman will probably face six years in prison after admitting on Monday that she and her boyfriend pulled off a brazen identity-theft scheme that funded trips, fancy dinners and expensive salon visits.

Travel photos show Jocelyn Kirsch and ex-beau Edward Anderton, a onetime Ivy League swimmer, posing by a luxury hotel pool and kissing near the Eiffel Tower. But in court the petite Kirsch sported a rumpled green prison uniform as she pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and other federal crimes. The counts carry a two-year minimum sentence, but prosecutors expect her to get about six years under federal guidelines.

Kirsch and Anderton, 25, acknowledge they stole the identities of friends and neighbours in the Philadelphia area in 2006 and 2007 to net more than $116,000 in goods and services and tried to obtain twice that.

Police found evidence of their trips in dozens of digital photos on their laptop. The scheme unravelled when an employee at an upscale city salon told police that a check for Kirsch's $2,250 hair extension job had bounced. About the same time, a neighbour of Kirsch and Anderton told police that a package that she did not order had been sent to her.

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