Former SDSU employee charged with ID theft and grand theft
by Perry Miller
A former secretary at South Dakota State University is accused of obtaining three
credit cards in a co-worker's name and charging nearly $36,000 in purchases and
According to court documents, 38-year-old Kari Lynn Fuks is charged with three
felony counts of identity theft and two felony counts of grand theft.
Some of the credit card charges have already been paid off.
A fellow secretary in the SDSU chemistry department discovered the suspicious
credit cards in her name last month and contacted the companies.
According to court papers, this isn't the first time that Fuks opened a card using
the same co-workers identity. In February, Fuks got a card with the other
woman's personal information. The victim found out about the card in March and
Fuks reportedly admitted opening the account.
A university official says Fuks' last day of employment was Dec. 9.
Fuks has had an initial court appearance and requested a preliminary hearing.
That is set for January 27th. She is currently free on her own recognizance.
Her husband, Matt Fuks, served as the university's alumni association president
but is no longer with the organization.