Identity theft ring tripped up by Hollywood superhero

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say an international identity-theft ring is believed to have roped in hundreds of victims and millions of dollars, even co-opting the image of a Hollywood actress who played Supergirl on TV for a fake passport.

Four people were arrested Thursday, including two from Virginia.

Prosecutors are still determining the scope of the scheme. They say the ring engaged in multiple scams, creating fake companies to conduct bogus job interviews where the criminals harvested applicants’ personal data.

The ring also scoured the internet for mugshots that could be plugged into fake IDs. Joshua Stueve (STEE’-vee), a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alexandria, said one document used a photo of actress Laura Vandervoort on a fake passport. Investigators said using a recognizable actress’ image helped expose the scheme.

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