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Fugitive Back To Face Fraud Trial State Worker Accused Of Making False Licenses Hid In Mexico

A fugitive who hid in Mexico for four years to avoid a 27-count fraud trial and $500,000 civil judgment is back in Spokane.

Nan Farwell was extradited to Spokane from a California prison Friday. She is being held without bond in the county jail.

Farwell, 47, is a former supervisor for the state Department of Licensing’s Valley office.

In 1991 and 1992, she used her position to create phony driver’s licenses, authorities say.

Farwell is accused of using the licenses, which contained her picture but other people’s names, to obtain credit and write bogus checks at stores around Spokane.

Detectives said she wracked up bills totaling more than $23,000 before her arrest in February 1992.

Farwell pleaded not guilty to the charges and was scheduled to stand trial in October 1992, when she skipped town.

She apparently moved to a small town near Mexico City where she worked as a baby sitter and translator under an assumed name.

In 1994, a woman whose identity Farwell used on one of the licenses successfully sued the fugitive for $500,000.

Last month, federal agents arrested Farwell in San Diego after Mexican authorities deported her for using the fake name - a crime in that country.

Spokane County prosecutors are currently working to reschedule Farwell’s trial for later this year.

, DataTimes

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