A former Department of Licensing office supervisor in the Spokane Valley sought for more than four years on charges that she used her position to create phony driver’s licenses has been arrested, authorities said Thursday.
Nan Farwell was arrested Wednesday at the San Ysidro border crossing south of San Diego and was held Thursday night on a Spokane County fugitive warrant in the Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility, booking clerk Donna Collette said.
Farwell had been trying to enter the United States from Mexico.
Farwell has signed papers waiving extradition and is expected to be returned to Spokane authorities in a few days, Collette said.
Farwell is wanted on 27 felony charges in Spokane County, including forgery, theft and misuse of public records.
She pleaded innocent to the counts in April 1992 and had been missing since the fall of that year when she failed to show up for a court hearing. She was 42 at the time.
There was no information immediately available Thursday night on her whereabouts since she missed the hearing.
At the time of Farwell’s arrest, police discovered seven driver’s licenses in her purse, authorities said. A search of her home turned up 30 more licenses.
As a supervisor of eight employees at the Licensing Department’s Valley office, Farwell made driver’s licenses in other women’s names and used her photo on them, authorities said. Farwell selected women who looked like her, authorities said.
Using the licenses, Farwell would then establish bank accounts and credit lines in the other women’s names, authorities said.
Using the phony licenses, Farwell allegedly rang up $27,000 in sales at jewelry and department stores.
Farwell was placed on administrative leave from her Licensing Department job after her arrest.
One of Farwell’s alleged victims sued the Licensing Department in 1993. A suit by Diane Perry, a former Spokane woman who later moved to Yakima, alleged that she was arrested and lost her job after Farwell allegedly established a bank account in Perry’s name and bounced $14,000 in checks.
Perry was charged with theft after four merchants picked her picture out of a photo lineup. It wasn’t until Farwell’s arrest that authorities discovered Perry was innocent.
Before the error was discovered, Perry was placed on unpaid administrative leave from her bonded position as a financial broker at Murphy Favre Investment Securities, her lawsuit alleges. By the time her name was cleared her position had been filled.
At the time Perry sued, Murphy Favre officials refused to discuss the circumstances under which Perry left the company.
Perry also sued Farwell in 1992, but Farwell never responded to the suit and a judge signed a default order in Perry’s favor.
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