Esther Reed’s story revealed in CBS News’ “48 Hours Mystery”

May 10th, 2009 - 7:16 pm ICT by GD  

Esther Reed’s chronicles are almost like those of Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “Catch Me If You can.” Those who have watched the movie will know the number of fake identities adopted by DiCaprio to dupe Tom Hanks, a FBI agent. Esther Reed too adopts a number of phony identities and manages to stay away from the hands of law for quite some time. The real story behind the mysterious identity thefts by Reed was revealed in the Friday edition of “48 Hours Mystery” by CBS News. Through the transcripts it became clear that Reed stole the identities of others to get on with her own life.

After being on the run for years, the Police were finally able to nail her down. Last year in August she pleaded guilty for stealing multiple identities and faking a number of documents to get admitted in three colleges and now she is sentenced to more than four years in the federal prison. She received her verdict on the 11th of February, this year, in a courtroom in South Carolina.

The program traced the various identities that Reed stole in an attempt to begin with a new life. Her tryst with law started when she forged her sister’s cheques and vanished. Since then Reed had stolen identities of different people with different names and got herself enrolled in a number of reputed colleges. At the present moment Reed has over $100,000 in credit card debts and fraudulent loans.

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