Fugitive ‘Nurse’ Arrested
Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas announced the arrest of Susan Elaine Boyce, 59, formerly of Pleasant Plains, Arkansas. Boyce was arrested last night in Howell County, Missouri by Social Security Administration - Office of the Inspector General agents and by deputies from the Howell County Sheriff’s Office.
Law enforcement succeeded in locating Boyce by acting upon a lead generated by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Boyce is scheduled to make her initial appearance in federal court at 4 p.m. this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney.
“I want to commend the agents from the Social Security and the Department of Health and Human Services Administration – Offices of the Inspector General for continuing to develop and pursue leads in this investigation resulting in the apprehension of Ms. Boyce,” stated Thyer. “We could not rest knowing she might try to pose as a nurse in some other town to get another healthcare-related position in a school or other facility. The health and safety of anyone who would have trusted she was a qualified healthcare provider was at risk. Thankfully, people no longer have to worry now that she is in custody.”
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 2007-2008 school year through the 2011-2012 school year.
The investigation is being conducted by agents from the Social Security Administration-Office of the Inspector General and the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alexander Morgan.
An indictment contains only allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.