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Couple accused of stealing identities of celebrities

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The following photo of Jonathan Preston was provided by the Hartford Police Department. The following photo of Jonathan Preston was provided by the Hartford Police Department.

A Hartford couple was arrested after federal agents said they stole identities and credit card information of high profile musicians and professional athletes. 

The married couple of Jonathan Preston, 22, and Lumi Nunez Preston, 33, were arrested Thursday and face federal charges of wire fraud, bank fraud, credit card fraud, identity theft, counterfeiting and conspiracy.

Secret Service agents and Hartford police said the Prestons are accused of masterminding a massive credit card and identity theft operation scamming several high profile celebrities including rapper 50 Cent.

Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force and the United States Secret Service, along with the Hartford Police Department raided the couples' home in the 800 block of Capital Avenue on Thursday.

During the raid, agents seized BMW 650i and 15 Vespa Scooter keys, which authorities said the couple planned to sell. 

Victim number one, according to a federal criminal complaint, is a musician with a home in Farmington, who was defrauded out of $462,000 in 2010.

That same year, according to a Hartford police report obtained by Eyewitness News, Farmington homeowner rapper 50 Cent,  aka Curtis Jackson, had a number of credit cards stolen. At the time, Hartford police investigators identified Preston and two cousins as the suspects.

Victim number 2 is a Miami musician defrauded out of nearly $29,000 and according to agents, Preston posed as that person to report a lost credit card, so the company sent a replacement.

Victims 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all from Beverly Hills. One apparently had their credit card information stolen to buy an Audi and diamond earrings from Tiffany's.

Victim number 7 is identified as an Los Angeles-based professional athlete, whose credit card was used by Preston to purchase 26 Vespa Scooters.

Since 2010, prosecutors said the pair racked up more than $500,000 in illegal cash withdrawals, expensive cars, fancy jewelry even limousine service from Connecticut to Ohio.

Authorities used the phone and Internet to track down the couple.

An attorney for Luni Nunez Preston said she is a minor player in her husband's scheme.  Both were in federal custody Friday night.

Their children were turned over to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

Federal agents said there is a possibility of more victims.

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