Woman faces theft charges in identity scheme

By The Associated Press

SOUTH BEND — A northern Indiana woman faces theft charges alleging that she bilked two women out of thousands of dollars by using social media to create fake identities.

Forty-four-year-old Kim Savage was charged Thursday by St. Joseph County prosecutors with two counts of theft. She remained jailed Friday on a $3,000 bond.

The South Bend Tribune reports that prosecutors say Savage engaged in a so-called “catfish” scheme by using social media to create online identities for two Marines who did not actually exist.

Court documents say Savage posed as those men and persuaded two women that the nonexistent Marines were romantically interested in them and needed money for a covert, overseas operation.

Prosecutors say the women deposited money into Savage’s bank account, believing she was wiring money to the men abroad.

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