EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 9, 2013

Woman hurt in fatal crash charged with ID fraud

By John Toole

---- — DERRY — One of the victims in a highway traffic accident last week that left a Boston man dead now faces a felony identity fraud charge.

Angela Kasse, 28, of Concord identified herself as Alyssa Jarvis, 27, of Randolph, Vt., both to New Hampshire State Police and Parkland Medical Center personnel after the accident July 3 on Interstate 93 in Windham, according to court records.

Kasse was arraigned yesterday in 10th Circuit Court in Derry.

She also is facing a misdemeanor theft of services charge. She received health care valued at more than $1,000 while claiming to be Jarvis, court records said.

Kasse told police she is separated from her husband and sometimes uses her maiden name, Bakaitis.

Court records said a nurse checking with Jarvis’s stepmother was told Kasse was not who she claimed to be. She said the woman was not her stepdaughter, but an acquaintance.

Kasse allegedly took Jarvis’s photo identification at a party in Vermont and gave it to state police. She told police she used Jarvis’s ID because in the past she was addicted to pain medication and was afraid the hospital might withhold treatment as a result.

Kasse’s nurse estimated the value of treatment services in the thousands of dollars, court records indicate.

Her leg was broken in three places, court records said.

A probable cause hearing for Kasse is scheduled for July 18 at the court in Derry. Bail was set at $10,000 cash, which Kasse did not meet. She was listed as an inmate yesterday afternoon.

Kasse was injured the night of July 3 on I-93, in an accident that claimed the life of Angel Gonzalez, 44, of Boston.

They were stopped by the side of the road with James Henley, 32, of Lynn, getting ready to change a tire in the breakdown lane near Exit 3 in Windham.

A car driven by Pauline Kochniec, 47, of Berlin, struck Gonzalez and Kasse, state police said.

Kochniec was charged with aggravated DWI. State police said additional charges could be brought later.

Lt. Nicole Armaganian said yesterday there have been no additional charges at this point.

The accident remains under investigation.