New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
April 30, 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) Indicted for Felony Identity Fraud and Theft Committed Against Elderly Victim

Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces the indictments of Irene Jutras (a.k.a. Irene Nutter), age 57, of Pelham, for felony identity fraud and theft by unauthorized taking committed against an elderly victim.

On April 27, 2021, the New Hampshire Multicounty Grand Jury returned two indictments to the Hillsborough County-Southern District Superior Court charging Ms. Jutras with two extended-term class A felony counts of identity fraud. These indictments allege that between January 5, 2019, and February 10, 2019, in Pelham, Ms. Jutras, with a purpose to defraud, posed as another person, C.K., age 86, by falsely representing herself as C.K. on credit applications to Capital One and Discover Card. 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.

Ms. Jutras is scheduled to be arraigned on these charges in the Hillsborough County-Southern District Superior Court on June 17, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.

On April 29, 2021, the Multicounty Grand Jury returned indictments to Rockingham County Superior Court charging Ms. Jutras with eight extended-term class A felony counts of identity fraud, one extended-term class A felony count of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, and one extended-term class B felony count of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. Ms. Jutras was previously arrested on these charges on February 5, 2021.

These identity fraud indictments allege that between March 28, 2019, and January 9, 2020, in Derry, Ms. Jutras, 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, and 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 U.S. Currency in an Enterprise Bank account, property of C.K., valued at more than $1,500, 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 U.S. Currency in a Triangle Credit Union bank account, property of C.K., valued 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, and each of these charges carries a maximum possible penalty of 30 years in the State Prison, and a $4,000 fine.

The 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