BUSINESS BRIEFING / CRIME

Times Wire Reports

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 S. Bernanke and his wife.

According to a Washington, D.C., police report, Anna Bernanke's purse was stolen last August from a Capitol Hill Starbucks. From there, the Bernankes' checking account was swept up into a larger scheme, first reported Tuesday by Newsweek magazine.

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