Woman pleads guilty to stealing South Carolina ID to get into Ivy League school

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- A Montana woman has pleaded guilty to stealing the identify of a missing South Carolina woman to get into an Ivy League school.

Esther Elizabeth Reed pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft charges Tuesday in federal court in Greenville.

The 30-year-old faces up to 47 years in prison and $1 million in fines for ID theft, mail fraud, wire fraud and loan fraud charges. A sentencing date was not set.

Reed was indicted last year for using Brooke Henson's identity to get into Columbia University.

Prosecutors have said Reed juggled six false identities to attend California State University at Fullerton and Columbia. In 2004, she used Henson's name to get student loans.

Investigators do not think Reed was involved with Henson's 1999 disappearance.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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