- The Washington Times - Monday, October 2, 2006

BALTIMORE

ASSOCIATED PRESS

A transsexual thief described by one prosecutor as an “incorrigible” con artist is in trouble with the law again, despite being released from prison last year to die of AIDS at home.

Joseph Murphy, Maryland Court of Special Appeals chief judge, said he released Dee Deirdre Farmer on probation in February 2005 “in the hopes that that might encourage him to remain crime-free while he was out with what little time he had left.”

Those hopes appear to have been dashed. Farmer, 41, was charged last week in Baltimore with trying to use a forged death certificate to avoid prosecution on identity theft charges.

Farmer underwent a sex-change operation to become a woman. Court documents show the birth certificate was changed to reflect legally that she was a woman named Dee Deirdre Farmer. Farmer was sentenced in 1986 to 20 years in federal prison for credit-card fraud and 30 years in state prison for theft. While awaiting sentencing, she was caught participating in a telephone jewelry theft scheme from jail, Judge Murphy said.

While in federal prison, Farmer was at the center of a 1994 U.S. Supreme Court decision that forced prisons to take more responsibility for protecting inmates from one another.

The lawsuit was filed after Farmer was raped in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. At the time, Farmer had breast implants and male sex organs and was undergoing estrogen therapy. The lawsuit claimed prison officials had violated Farmer’s constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment by ignoring the risks faced by an inmate wearing women’s clothing and makeup in an all-male prison.

She was charged Wednesday in Baltimore with presenting false information for entry on a death certificate to commit identity fraud and other offenses. According to charging documents, Farmer used a similar scheme to get unrelated Virginia charges dismissed.

Farmer also goes by the names of Douglas C. Farmer and Larry G. Prescott. The person whose death certificate she purportedly tried to change was male, and Farmer identified herself as Larry Prescott when she was arrested in December at a department store and accused of applying for and using store credit cards in other people’s names. She has appeared in court on those charges dressed as a man, Baltimore County prosecutor Michelle Samoryk said.

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