Louisa Woman Allegedly Takes Boss' Identity

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

May 25, 2006

A Louisa County woman now faces 14 felony counts of identity theft and fraud. Paula Huffner allegedly opened credit cards under her boss' name and charged more than $100,000.

Prosecutors said she allegedly bought a 13-foot boat, a four-wheeler and a brand new Ford Mustang with the money.

The Commonwealth's Attorney, Don Short, said 26-year-old Huffner was able to get a hold of Charles Purcell's personal information, after working for his law firm, Purcell and Purcell, for the past year.

The attorney had no idea there were credit card accounts opened under his name until he recently realized one of his known credit cards accounts was maxed out and that's what lead to the investigation.

Huffner is currently out on $50,000 bond and she will be back in court on July 10, 2006, when authorities will find out if there is enough evidence to officially charge her with identity theft.

The Commonwealth's Attorney said Huffner is likely to face more than the 14 felony charges. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

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