Former Elementary School Nurse Arrested for Tax Fraud and Identity Theft

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
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Article from Arkansas Online here

A former Searcy elementary school nurse wanted for wire fraud and identity theft has been arrested in Missouri by federal authorities, a U.S. attorney said in a statement Thursday. 

Susan Boyce, 59, formerly of in Pleasant Plains, was arrested Wednesday night in Howell County, Mo., U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer said in a news release. 

Authorities sought Boyce for five counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of misuse of a social security number, according to a September 2012 indictment. Boyce worked as a school nurse for about five years at the Sidney Deener Elementary School in Searcy from August 2007 to June 2012. 

The indictment states that the Searcy School District considered Boyce for the school nursing position after she had submitted a previous application under an alias, "Suzanne Boyce Pitts," in which she claimed to be a registered nurse. Boyce purportedly submitted Form W-4 tax withholding documents using another person's social security number and an application with a registered nurse licensing number that wasn't hers. 

Boyce received about $175,100 over her five-year tenure as the elementary school's nurse, the indictment states. 

Authorities located Boyce after receiving a lead from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Thyer said. 

Her initial appearance in federal court has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday.