Jocelyn Kirsch, a/k/a 'Bonnie,' appears in court for initial appearance

Jocelyn Kirsch , years ago. Now 28, she appeared yesterday in a federal courtroom in Philly sans makeup.
Jocelyn Kirsch , years ago. Now 28, she appeared yesterday in a federal courtroom in Philly sans makeup.
Posted: April 23, 2014

HER LONG, WAVY brown hair pulled back into a ponytail, a bespectacled Jocelyn Kirsch entered a federal courtroom in Philadelphia yesterday wearing a short-sleeved dark-green prison jumpsuit, her hands cuffed behind her back.

The convicted identity thief - one half of the famed duo nicknamed "Bonnie and Clyde" - appeared plain, but still pretty, without makeup.

As she sat in the holding area for defendants in the fifth-floor courtroom, the section normally considered the jury box, she smiled at one of her attorneys, Ronald Greenblatt.

As she waited for the magistrate judge to enter the courtroom, she chatted with a deputy U.S. marshal. He talked to her and at times broke into a grin.

Kirsch, 28, is back in federal custody in Philadelphia to face a violation-of-probation hearing next Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno, who had sentenced her in the "Bonnie and Clyde" identity-theft case.

Yesterday, she had a brief - about one minute - initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Strawbridge. After he entered the room, she walked to the defense table in her blue canvas flats, standing between her lawyers, Greenblatt and Michael Engle.

She did not speak.

Greenblatt confirmed that he was representing her and that he reviewed her violation-of-probation notice with her.

According to a report filed by the U.S. Probation Office in Philadelphia, Kirsch allegedly violated the conditions of her federal probation in the Philadelphia case by shoplifting in California and by failing to pay part of her restitution.

The report said Kirsch was arrested on June 17, 2012, by police in Walnut Creek, Calif., after she allegedly stole a Tory Burch clutch purse and damaged a dress by removing a sensor at a Nordstrom department store.

Cops allegedly found that she stole clothing or other items from other stores, too, but it appears those stores did not file charges.

Kirsch pleaded guilty to two felony counts of second-degree commercial burglary last year and on Jan. 16 this year, she was sentenced to one year in jail. Her county jail term started March 7.

Kirsch, who was a Drexel University senior, and her then-boyfriend, Edward Anderton, a University of Pennsylvania graduate, gained notoriety in Philly after they were arrested in November 2007. For about a year, they had stolen the identities of their Center City condo neighbors, friends and co-workers. Using the victims' names, they got credit cards, opened eBay accounts and forged checks, scamming their victims out of nearly $120,000.

Each pleaded guilty to conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, fraud and money laundering.

In October 2008, Robreno sentenced Kirsch to five years in prison. A month later, he sentenced Anderton to four years in prison.

Kirsch was released from federal prison on Nov. 25, 2011, after serving about three years and five months. Her sentence was reduced in part because of her good behavior behind bars.

Anderton, 31, served about two years and nine months; he was released Sept. 27, 2011. His time was also reduced in part because of good behavior. He is on probation in Washington state.

According to a LinkedIn page with his photo, he co-founded an Internet marketing company specializing in website design and pay-per-click advertising, and is based in the greater Seattle area.


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