Former AR school 'nurse' sentenced to prison

Susan Elaine Boyce (Source: Howell County Public Safety Center)
Susan Elaine Boyce (Source: Howell County Public Safety Center)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/AP) – A woman charged with faking credentials so she could work for years as a school nurse at a Searcy elementary school was sentenced on Monday.

Susan Elaine Boyce, 60, pleaded guilty in federal court February 27 to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and using a false social security number. Her plea is part of a plea deal in which prosecutors dismissed four other wire fraud counts.

Boyce was sentenced to four years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller also ordered Boyce to pay$175,099.24 in restitution to the Searcy Special School District.

Boyce formerly of Pleasant Plains, AR was arrested in Howell County, Missouri Jan. 29.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Christopher Thyer, she was arrested by Social Security Administration - Office of the Inspector General Agents and deputies from the Howell County Sheriff's Office.

Boyce was indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2012 on seven counts where she was charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and misuse of a Social Security Number.

Thyer stated in a news release Boyce used an Arkansas State Board of Nursing license number and a Social Security Number from another person to acquire a job as a school nurse at Sidney Deener Elementary School in Searcy, AR.

She worked as a nurse from the 2007 to 2012. During that time she was paid more than $175,000, according to court documents.

Boyce faced up to 22 years in prison, although prosecutors agreed with a defense request to ask for lesser sentence and probation.

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