Piedmont woman linked to ID theft investigation

Tracy Lavarnway, of Piedmont, admitted using American Quality Exteriors customer information to commit theft and credit card fraud.
BY TIM WILLERT twillert@opubco.com Modified: January 17, 2012 at 12:17 am •  Published: January 17, 2012
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Secret Service agents and police investigating identity theft have uncovered more than 300 potential victims — nearly half of whom did business with a company in Bethany where a suspect worked.

Between February and December, members of the Oklahoma City Economic and Identity Crimes Task Force seized dozens of stolen identification cards, credit cards and checks, along with multiple computers, scanners, printers and related items used to create bogus checks and IDs, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Nine people were arrested in connection with the investigation, including Tracy Lavarnway, of Piedmont, who worked at American Quality Exteriors, a window and siding company in Bethany.

Lavarnway, 34, who was arrested on two separate occasions, told investigators in March she had access to the credit reports and personal information of customers, many of whom financed their purchases.

Lavarnway, who told investigators she worked there for five years, said she used personal information belonging to customers to “commit identity theft and credit card fraud,” according to the affidavit.

Investigators reported Lavarnway would obtain additional credit reports on customers to determine whether they had pre-existing credit accounts with other businesses. Then she would use a counterfeit Oklahoma identification card with her picture and the stolen information to purchase merchandise at other retail locations.

Lavarnway told agents that once she obtained a customer's credit information, she would tell other retailers she lost her credit card and use altered identification cards to gain temporary store credit.

“So far, the investigation has revealed over 300 potential victims with at least 140 of them being AQE customers,” Secret Service Special Agent J. Cody Bennett wrote in the affidavit.


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