Published November 14, 2008
PHILADELPHIA – An Ivy League graduate has been ordered by a federal judge in Philadelphia to serve four years in prison in a $100,000 identity-theft scheme.
Edward Anderton's sentence is one year less than the one for his glamorous ex-girlfriend, Jocelyn Kirsch.
The sentence for Kirsch, a former Drexel University student, is more severe because she continued to commit crimes after their arrests.
Before his sentencing Friday, Anderton told the judge he was a large part of Kirsch's downfall.
The jet-setting pair admit they stole the identities of friends and neighbors to obtain luxury goods and take lavish trips.
Travel photos of the stylish, young couple were released by police and have been widely circulated online.
Together, they gleaned more than $116,000 in goods and services. They used the money for expensive salon visits, fancy dinners and lavish trips to places such as Paris and Hawaii.
A U.S. attorney has called them "poster children" for identity fraud.
The 25-year-old Anderton, of Everett, Wash., is a University of Pennsylvania graduate.
Kirsch was sentenced in October to five years in prison and ordered to pay full restitution to the 50 victims.