Anchorage Couple Face 39 Counts of Fraud and Theft Charges

 

According to the Justice Department’s Acting U.S. Attorney, Bryan Schroder, Alaskan couple, Jill Diane Applebury, also known as Jill Wetzsteon, age 52, and Darin Wade Applebury, age 52, have been charged in a 39-count indictment for bank fraud, wire fraud, fraudulent transactions with an access device, and aggravated identity theft.

According to DoJ, Jill Applebury worked as an independent contract bookkeeper for a medical practice in Anchorage from the mid-1990s until March of 2013. From 2004 until March off 2013, she, and her husband, Darin, defrauded the practice in multiple instances, the indictment alleges.

DoJ cites as examples, that Jill devised a scheme to defraud the practice’s profit-sharing plan, which was available to employees of the medical practice and not to independent contractors, as she was. She falsely represented herself as an employee of the practice to the third-party administrator, telling them that she was a full-time employee of the practice since 2009, thus allowing her to partake in profit-sharing contributions in the amount of $62,722.99 in 2010 and 2011.

The Appleburys also defrauded the medical practice by fraudulently using the practice’s business account and credit cards to pay for their own personal items such as their and their family’s cell phone bills, Internet service, their own business licenses, insurance on their vehicles and other personal items. [xyz-ihs snippet=”Adsense-responsive”]Schroder also says that Darin Applebury also used the physician’s business credit card to purchase items for Darin’s own business, the Rapid Recovery Medical Service on Lake Otis Parkway, using the card without the physician’s knowledge with the assistance of his wife.

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The case that led to the indictment was a joint investigation by the Anchorage Police Department and the FBI.