SAM Investigation Uncovers More Crimes Commited by Palmer Man

image27-01-2016 11.30.07Troopers say further charges are likely after 59-year-old Palmer resident James Peters was arrested by the US Marshal Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday.

Troopers received a report from a Palmer mother on December 15th, 2015 stating that Peters had sexually abused two of her daughters approximately 18 years ago. The report spurred an investigation into Peters, and on January 21st, warrants for 10 counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor I, two counts of SAM II, and two counts of Incest were issued by the Palmer court.

As the investigation into Peters progressed, it was found that Peters had “been using the identity of his deceased brother Raleigh E. Peters (died in 1952 at the age of 1) for approximately the past 30 years, in an attempt to avoid paying child support in the state of California,” the trooper dispatch reported.

The investigation also found that Peters has received driver’s licenses in Alaska and California under both names. He also applied for a social security number under the name of his deceased brother, and has been using his brother’s identity to pay his taxes for the past 30 years.

An Investigator with the Alaska Permanent Fund Division also opened an investigation into Peters regarding his receiving PFDs for the past several years using his brother’s identity.

Peters was arrested by US Marshals at his place of employment in Anchorage on Tuesday. He was transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer and remanded there with his bail set at $75,000 and a Court Approved Third Party Custodian.[xyz-ihs snippet=”Adsense-responsive”]