Woman accused of identity theft, fraud

Posted: Friday, August 26, 2005

A 48-year-old Juneau woman is scheduled to appear in court next week on three felony charges related to alleged identity theft cases Juneau police have been investigating since last year.

Susan M. Marthaller is charged with criminal impersonation, fraud and theft. The complaint alleges she opened a credit-card account in the name of a Douglas Island woman.

A summary of the case filed by Assistant District Attorney Doug Gardner cites at least nine other allegations of identity theft investigated by Juneau police. The document alleges that in one case Marthaller forged a $3,000 check to herself on Sept. 30, 2004, on an account closed at the beginning of the month in the name of a man who had died the previous June.

Juneau attorney James Curtain, who has filed notice that he is representing Marthaller in the case, said he had no comment on the matter.

According to an affidavit filed with Juneau's courts, the phone number used in October 2004 to activate an allegedly fraudulent Discover credit card belonged to a Juneau office of the U.S. Forest Service, where Marthaller worked as a district ranger.

Gardner alleged she is recorded on video using a different fraudulent credit card in Bend, Ore., to receive cash in November and December. In February when police asked Marthaller about the incident, she denied she was using a fraudulent card, he said.

The woman Marthaller is charged with impersonating contacted police from out of town on Dec. 31 and reported that two courtesy checks on her Bank of America credit card account were cashed without her permission, according to court records.

She alleged they were stolen from her mailbox, the documents show. She also told police she was out of town when the checks were used for purchases at a Juneau gas station and a grocery store in October and November.

On Thursday the woman said she did not want to talk publicly about the crimes.

Gardner's affidavit states the woman contacted police again on Jan. 4, saying when she returned to Juneau from a three-month vacation she had a message on her answering machine informing her that she had applied for an American Express card.

The woman reported 12 days later that someone had applied for a Capital One credit card in her name and had charged $4,411 to the account. The affidavit shows five cash advances totaling $1,510 charged to the account from Bend, Ore., between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3.

Others investigated as being possible victims of identity theft or credit card fraud include two people Marthaller worked with at the U.S. Forest Service.



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