A former employee at South Dakota State University has been arrested for stealing a coworker's identity and racking up thousands of dollars in charges on credit cards.
Kari Lynn Fuks, 38, made her first court appearance this week. She is facing identity theft and grand theft charges for the crime.
Fuks and the victim worked as secretaries in the SDSU Chemistry department.
Court documents say when Fuks was on a Disney Cruise vacation in Florida last month, her coworker discovered the crime after running a credit report and finding three different credit cards in her name that she hadn't opened.
Fuks was listed as an authorized user on the account and Fuks' Brookings address was linked to the accounts.
Investigators found that Fuks had opened a Bank of America card in March and made more than $28,000 in purchases on the card, but had paid the card down and it had a balance of about $12,000 when the account was closed in November.
A Commerce Bank Visa card was opened in September and was used to pay for part of the Disney Cruise trip. It has an unpaid balance of nearly $6,000.
The third card, a CHASE Visa, was also opened in September. More than $2,000 had been charged on that card but the entire balance was paid off when the account was closed by authorities in November.
South Dakota State officials say Fuks no longer works for the university. Her last day was December 9. SDSU officials could not provide any more details because it is a personnel matter.