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Woman pleads guilty to stealing South Carolina ID

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press Writer

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

(08-19) 11:31 PDT Greenville, S.C. (AP) --

A Montana woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing the identity of a
missing South Carolina woman to attend an Ivy League school in what
her lawyer called a bid to escape a painful past.

Esther Elizabeth Reed, 30, pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft
charges in federal court in Greenville. She faces up to 47 years in
prison and $1 million in fines for ID theft, mail fraud, wire fraud
and loan fraud charges.

Reed's lawyer Ann Marie Fitz said that her client wanted to apologize
in court for her scheme, but that request was denied. U.S. District
Judge Henry M. Herlong said it should wait for sentencing. A date for
that was not set and prosecutors said it could be in several months.

Reed was indicted last year for using Brooke Henson's identity to get
into Columbia University. The Travelers Rest woman has been missing
since 1999, and investigators have said they do not think Reed was
involved in her disappearance.

Prosecutors have said that, starting in March 2001, Reed juggled six
false identities to attend California State University at Fullerton
and Columbia. She concocted various stories about herself, including
that she earned her living as a chess champion and had to change her
name because she was in a witness protection program.

In 2004, she began attending Columbia, using Henson's name to get
student loans and submitting an SAT score of 1400, which prosecutors
say she earned on her own merits.
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A youtube.com video at 3:12 states that she loves to play chess
online.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzFiz5GEshI

This seems to be based on the TV show "America's Most Wanted".

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