PHILADELPHIA – A man accused of a large identity theft scheme that paid for a lavish life with his girlfriend has pleaded guilty in federal court in Philadelphia.
Edward Anderton pleaded guilty Monday to charges of conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and bank fraud.
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The 25-year-old Anderton lived in a fashionable Philadelphia neighborhood with his then-girlfriend, 22-year-old Jocelyn Kirsch. Prosecutors say they obtained $120,000 in goods and services after stealing financial information.
He's free on bail until his Aug. 29 sentencing. An economics graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who worked in real-estate finance, Anderton had been living with his family in Everett, Wash.
Kirsch is due in court Thursday. Prosecutors say she stole and used an acquaintance's credit card in California, where she has been living while awaiting her federal plea.
The media dubbed the duo "Bonnie and Clyde," after the notorious 1930s bank robbers. Travel photos show the alleged grifters smooching under the Eiffel Tower, riding horseback on a beach and flaunting matching red swimsuits by a swanky hotel pool.
Prosecutors say they stole the financial information of friends, co-workers and neighbors.