The sophistication of Esther Reed's crimes caused more loss to her victims than most identify theft cases. For the past seven years Ms. Reed has been faking her way into universities, using stolen identities. I'm sure that when the police tally up the amount of money Ms. Reed defrauded others, she will be looking at a substantial prison sentence.
I question the news report that suggests Ms. Reed was able to flee her apartment without leaving behind DNA evidence. It is more likely that the police did not have a reason to take samples of her DNA in their investigation.
Ms. Reed appears to be a bright and clever young woman. It is a shame she has chosen to use her talents for criminal purposes.
Written by Donald P. Schweitzer