An elaborate identity theft scheme has reached the highest levels of the U.S. financial system, striking the personal bank account of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his wife.
According to a Washington, D.C., police report, Anna Bernanke's purse was stolen last August from her chair at a Capitol Hill Starbucks. It contained her Social Security card, checkbook and IDs.
From there, the Bernankes' checking account was swept up into a larger scheme first reported by Newsweek magazine Tuesday.
Court filings show defendant George L. Reid has confessed to depositing checks from the Bernankes' account.
In a statement, Bernanke says identity theft affects millions of people each year.