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Shopping spree with a fraudulent credit card nets felony charges for Fairbanks woman

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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 11:53 pm

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks woman with an apparent taste for cosmetics, lingerie, high-end clothing and body building has been charged with 51 class C felony counts for allegedly stealing another woman’s identity.

According to court documents, Maylean Alta Johnson, 26, charged more than $7,300 last year to a Chase Bank credit card she obtained using the victim’s Social Security number and other personal information. Johnson allegedly got the information from old employee files at a Fairbanks company where she worked as a receptionist.

The victim, who lives in Anchorage, had worked at the same company three years ago.

After discovering the identity theft, the victim contacted Anchorage police, who in turn contacted Fairbanks police because many of the charges occurred in Fairbanks.

The online purchases were shipped to the Hall Street address of the company Johnson worked at and obtained the victim’s information from.

Johnson obtained the credit card on Nov. 25, and most of the purchases were made throughout December. Some of the items purchased by Johnson and listed in the charging documents include: $1,006 for purchases at skin care and cosmetics sites Sephora.com and Sigmabeauty.com; $758 at Victoria’s Secret, $426 at fitness websites Team Beachbody and Bodybuilding.com; $526 at department stores Macy’s East and SAKS Direct; and $817 at Fred Meyer West.

Fairbanks police Investigator Jim Gibson used information giving the date and time of Fairbanks purchases to obtain two video surveillance images — one at Fred Meyer West and another from the Holiday gas station at Geist and Fairbanks — showing Johnson and her 2-year-old son.

When contacted by Gibson, Johnson “freely admitted” to stealing the victim’s identity, using the Chase card to make purchases and forging the victim’s name on receipts, according to the charging documents.

Johnson was charged with two counts of second degree theft, eight counts of second degree forgery and 41 counts of fraudulent use of an access device.

Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7590.

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