Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 17, 2012

Crystal Mikula charged with identity theft

Police: She used sister's ID to obtain prescription drugs

BY ART BUKOWSKI
abukowski@record-eagle.com

TRAVERSE CITY — A Buckley woman known for her antics on an international flight is in trouble after authorities said she stole her sister's identity.

Crystal Marie Mikula, 33, is charged in Grand Traverse County with a felony count of identity theft. Michigan State Police said she used the drivers license of her sister, Angela Mikula, to pose as her and obtain prescription drugs from a doctor in Traverse City.

The doctor, Traverse City-based James Leete, prescribed various painkillers on 18 different occasions between May and August, police reports show. Angela Mikula eventually found out about the prescriptions and reported the activity to police.

Angela Mikula told police her driver's license was stolen when she visited her parents' home, where Crystal Mikula lives.

Crystal Mikula hadn't been arrested Tuesday. She couldn't be reached for comment.

Crystal Mikula and her twin, Cynthia, were flying to an international modeling show in April 2001 when their wild conduct forced a San Francisco-to-Shanghai flight to land Anchorage, Alaska. The sisters got drunk and argued with each other, shouted profanities and smoked in the airliner's restroom.

When crew members intervened, Cynthia Mikula struck a female flight attendant and gave her a bloody nose. She also hit a male attendant and the captain, court documents showed. A passenger videotaped a portion of the incident, and that video made the rounds on national newscasts.

The plane's 231 passengers were forced to spend the night in Anchorage before resuming their trip. Crystal pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was put on probation for two years. Cynthia pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight crew.

Since that incident, Crystal Mikula has been convicted of multiple misdemeanors and felonies, including a drug delivery felony after she admitted to selling drugs to an undercover officer. She also has several theft convictions.