New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
February 5, 2021

Contact:
Kate Giaquinto, Director of Communications
kate.giaquinto@doj.nh.gov | 603-573-6103

Bryan J. Townsend, II, Assistant Attorney General
Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit
Bryan.Townsend@doj.nh.gov | (603) 271-7094

Irene Jutras (Nutter) Arrested for Identity Fraud and Theft

Concord, NH – Deputy Attorney General, Jane E. Young, announces that Irene Jutras (a.k.a. Irene Nutter), age 56, of Pelham, New Hampshire, was arrested today on eight extended-term class A felony counts of identity fraud, in violation of RSA 638:26; one extended-term class A felony count of theft by unauthorized taking, in violation of RSA 637:3; and one extended-term class B felony count of theft by unauthorized taking.

The identity fraud charges allege that between March 28, 2019, and January 9, 2020, in Derry, New Hampshire, Ms. Jutras, acting with a purpose to defraud, posed as another person, C.K., age 86, by falsely representing herself as C.K. on credit applications to online retailers and credit card companies, including Citibank, N.A. (Best Buy), JP Morgan Chase, Overstock.com, Wayfair.com, Zulily.com, TJX companies, Inc., and Country Door. The State is seeking an extended-term of imprisonment on these charges, alleging that Ms. Jutras, in committing the crimes, intended to take advantage of C.K.'s age and/or disability that impaired C.K.'s ability to manage C.K.'s property and financial resources, or otherwise to protect C.K.'s rights or interests. Each of these charges carries a maximum possible penalty of 30 years in the State Prison, and a $4,000 fine.

The extended-term class A felony charge of theft by unauthorized taking alleges that Ms. Jutras, pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct, obtained or exercised unauthorized control over money in an Enterprise Bank account, property of C.K., valued in the aggregate at more than $1,5000, with a purpose to deprive C.K. thereof. The extended-term class B felony charge of theft by unauthorized taking alleges that Ms. Jutras, pursuant to one scheme or course of conduct, obtained or exercised unauthorized control over money in a Triangle Credit Union bank account, property of C.K., valued in the aggregate at more than $1,000 but less than $1,500, with a purpose to deprive C.K. thereof. The State is seeking an extended-term of imprisonment on these charges on the same basis as the identity fraud charges. Each of these charges carries a maximum possible penalty of 30 years in the State Prison, and a $4,000 fine.

Ms. Jutras was released on cash bail and an arraignment date will be scheduled in the Rockingham County Superior Court.

he charges and allegations against Ms. Jutras are merely accusations, and Ms. Jutras is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This matter was investigated jointly by the Derry Police Department and Pelham Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Bryan J. Townsend, II, of the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of elder abuse or financial exploitation, please contact your local police department or the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (1-800-949-0470).

New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658