First Civil Suit Filed Against Alleged Phila. ID Thieves

In what appears to be the first civil suit against a pair of identity thieves dubbed in the media as “Bonnie and Clyde,” the salon and a hairstylist that helped bring the scam to light are suing for fraud, breach of contract and terrorist threats via text message.

In Bisicchia v. Kirsch, Jennifer Bisicchia and her salon employer Giovanni & Pileggi are suing Jocelyn Kirsch and Edward Anderton for losses suffered after Kirsch used a fake identity to get $2,200 in hair extensions.

Kirsch and Edward were accused of living a lavish lifestyle off of the identities, and dime, of their Belgravia apartment building neighbors and others while attending local universities.

Arthur Goldman, attorney for Bisicchia and Giovanni & Pileggi, filed the suit in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.

According to the complaint, Kirsch used the fake name “Morgan Greenhouse” and an accompanying checkbook to pay a $500 deposit for the hair extensions attached by Bisicchia, a $1,700 check to cover the rest of the balance and then a $250 check for a tip, which the complaint points out is well below the industry standard of 20 percent.

The complaint alleges it was Anderton who called the salon and acted as Mr. Greenhouse, “Morgan’s father,” to set up the appointment.

When the real Morgan Greenhouse called the salon to inquire about a charge for hair extensions she never received, Kirsch’s true identity was about to surface. Bisicchia placed several calls from her personal cell phone to the number Kirsch gave, trying to figure out what happened with the payment.

According to the complaint, Bisicchia received a text message in all capital letters “from the client who represented herself as Morgan Greenhouse.”

The message stated “Hello Jen Bisicchia. You Don’t know my name but I know yours. I also know ur nice place on wolf st and how u get home at night. Youre the one who should be worried about visitors at ur door. You have no idea what you’ve gotten urself into. You seem like a smart girl. Walk away now or you will regret it.”

The complaint says that Bisicchia was scared to leave her home and still suffers “severe emotional distress” due to the threats and the persistent request from the media for interviews. She ultimately cooperated with the police regarding the fraudulent payment for the hair extensions, and Kirsch’s true identity was brought forth.

The complaint alleges counts of fraud, terrorist threats/assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract and conversion.

— Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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