Filipino man charged with stealing from high-profile victims

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) " A Filipino man has been charged with stealing the identities of high-profile victims to pilfer money from them.

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey announced charges Friday against 35-year-old Peter Locsin, of Palisay City in the Philippines.

One of the victims was described as a "well-known socialite and entertainer" and another as a "former high-ranking U.S. government official," but prosecutors declined to reveal their identities.

Locsin was arrested on unrelated charges last month in the Philippines, where he remains in custody.

Prosecutors say he conspired with others to steal people's personal information online or through phone calls and then use it to make wire transfers and order credit cards.

Prosecutors said it wasn't known if Locsin had an attorney to comment on his behalf. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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