Fairbanks woman charged in identity theft, fraud case

Posted: Sunday, February 29, 2004

FAIRBANKS - A 46-year-old Fairbanks woman is accused of devising as many as 21 aliases to defraud employers and money lenders, as well as the state and federal governments.

Federal prosecutors said Becky Nadine Hunter pretended to be a licensed nurse and was hired by a school district, a hospital, the Tanana Chiefs Conference and the federal government between 1998 and 2000.

Prosecutors also say she tried to secure a $1.8 million federal loan.

Hunter was arrested last week after a years-long investigation by the FBI, Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Postal Service. She faces 18 charges, including identity theft, wire fraud and mail fraud.

She has pleaded innocent to all charges.

"It's the most egregious (identity theft case) that I've ever come across in my career," said federal prosecutor Karen Loeffler.

Hunter's federal public defender, Sue Ellen Tatter, declined to comment on the charges. She said her client suffers from bipolar disorder.

"We'll address the charges later," Tatter told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "It's just too preliminary. I haven't seen all of the documents that the government has."

Hunter is accused of obtaining nursing licenses in Alaska using the names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and credentials of two nurses who live in New York and Canada.

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