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'Modern-Day Bonnie And Clyde' Edward Anderton And Jocelyn Kirsch

'Modern-day Bonnie and Clyde' Edward Anderton and Jocelyn Kirsch admit crimes

A 22-year-old woman, who with her boyfriend were dubbed a modern day Bonnie and Clyde, faces six years in prison after admitting that they financed a jet-setting lifestyle by stealing the identities of friends and neighbours.

Barely recognisable from the glamorous photos that she and Edward Anderton posted on the internet as they holidayed around the world, Jocelyn Kirsch pleaded guilty in a Philadelphia courtroom on Monday to aggravated identity theft and other federal crimes.

Kirsch, wearing a rumpled green prison suit and speaking barely above a whisper, declined the judge's offer to comment after her plea.

But she did disclose to the court that she has been receiving counselling and medication for mental health issues.

The counts carry a two-year minimum sentence but prosecutors expect her to get about six years under federal guidelines.

Kirsch and Anderton, 25, admit they stole the identities of friends and neighbours in the Philadelphia area in 2006 and 2007.

They earned more than $116,000 (£58,000) in goods and services, and tried to obtain twice that amount.

"She and Edward Anderton stole the identities from numerous people from all walks of their lives, from co-workers to neighbours, anyone that they encountered," Assistant US Attorney Louis Lappen said after the hearing.

Police found evidence of their trips in dozens of digital photos on their laptop computers. They also discovered an ID-card making machine, computer spyware and lock-picking tools when they raided the couple's apartment in the city.

The couple had keys to many of their neighbours' homes and sneaked in to steal their financial details and even a passport while they were away.

A federal prosecutor called the high-flying pair "the poster children for identity fraud".

Kirsch claims that she or members of her family legitimately paid for some or most of the international trips, her lawyer said.

A former university student, she is the daughter of a plastic surgeon and lived until last month with her mother in Northern California.

Prosecutors say she continued to engage in identity theft while awaiting court appearances in Pennsylvania.

Anderton, a University of Pennsylvania graduate, pleaded guilty last month to the same six counts, which include bank fraud and money laundering. He will be sentenced in September and Kirsch will be sentenced in October.

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