Identity thieves led a jet set lifestyle

THEY were young, rich and in love.

But the jet-setters financed their fun on the credit cards of unsuspecting neighbours in their high-end apartment building and other identity-fraud victims.

Jocelyn Kirsch, 22, and Edward K Anderton, 25, were charged last Friday with identity theft, forgery, unlawful use of a computer and other counts. Their fraud scheme, estimated at $100,000 (€68,000) this year alone, paid for jaunts to Paris, London and Hawaii.

“They were two young people that were given many gifts in life,” said Detective Terry Sweeney, who spoke of the couple’s supportive families and private schooling. “And the very best thing they could do was victimise other people.”

Police began investigating in November after a neighbour reported she thought her identity had been stolen. A day later, the woman heard from a local shop about a waiting package, although she had not ordered anything.

Police arrested Anderton and Kirsch on Friday when they came in to pick up the package. A search of their apartment turned up an industrial machine that makes ID cards, $17,500 (€12,000) in cash, dozens of credit cards and keys to unlock many apartments in their upscale Rittenhouse Square apartment building.

Police believe the scheme also involves victims beyond the apartment building.

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