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Fake Nurse Sentenced To 4-year Prison Term

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced today that United States District Judge Brian S. Miller sentenced Susan Elaine Boyce, 60, formerly of Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, to four years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Judge Miller also ordered Boyce to pay $175,099.24 in restitution to the Searcy Special School District.

Boyce was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 5, 2012. The seven-count indictment charged her with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and misuse of a social security number. Boyce used an Arkansas State Board of Nursing license number and a Social Security Number belonging to another person to obtain employment as a school nurse in Searcy, Arkansas, from the 2007-08 school year through the 2011-12 school year. On February 26, 2014, Boyce pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of misuse of a Social Security Number.

The matter was investigated by Special Agent Jeffrey Hannah of the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Special Agent Mark McElrath of the Office of the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander Morgan prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated July 14, 2015