MONEY: Smells Like Grand Theft Identity


THE SUN: Fraudsters used dead rocker Kurt Cobain’s social security number to buy a $3.2 million house, it emerged yesterday. The Nirvana frontman’s widow Courtney Love revealed that identity thieves had also set up 188 credit cards in her name. This week Courtney, 43, met cops in Van Nuys, LA, to give them details of a probe by forensic accountants Kroll which discovered £36million missing. Cheques had been stolen and cars bought by villains.

“It was fraud after fraud. But nobody believed me until now. I did a check on my deceasedcourtneylove_album_americassweetheart.jpg husband’s social security number and he has a house in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He bought it last year. I would like to know how. He should probably get his ass back home if that is the case.”

Smells Like Teen Spirit writer Kurt shot himself dead in April 1994 aged 27, making widow Courtney owner of 98 per cent of Nirvana’s grunge catalogue.The band have sold more than 62million albums worldwide, with classic album Nevermind selling ten million copies. His estate rakes in £21million every year, with most going into a trust fund for their daughter Frances Bean, now 14. Courtney lost control of her finances as she struggled with drug addiction, and sold 25 per cent of the catalogue two years ago. She called in forensic accountants to investigate after fears cash was being taken. MORE


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