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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A man representing American Quality Exteriors who identified himself only as Dan declined to answer questions about Lavarnway or her alleged crimes, except to say she no longer worked at the company.

Lavarnway was arrested a second time in August outside a Kohl's department store in Oklahoma City, where a woman identified as Diana Smith tried to make several purchases using a fake Oklahoma identification card and a compromised store charge account belonging to another person, agents reported.

Smith got into a car with Lavarnway. Both were arrested and agents recovered credit card receipts from Kohl's and Dillard's along with credit bureau reports matching the names on both stolen accounts.

Authorities say they will file multiple charges, including aggravated identity theft, against Lavarnway and eight others.

Lavarnway told agents she is a methamphetamine addict who supported her habit through credit fraud and identity theft.

She told investigators when she was arrested in August that she was unemployed.

Two other suspects who could be charged — David Carroll and Joseph Frazier — were arrested Feb. 28 by Oklahoma City police after using a Lowe's credit account that did not belong to either of them to purchase $8,076.87 in merchandise, according to the affidavit.

Authorities discovered Carroll and Frazier had several counterfeit state identification cards with their photos but the personal information of other people, agents reported.

The suspects used fraudulent information to rent a nearby hotel room where some of the stolen merchandise purchased from Lowe's was kept until it was picked up by another suspect, agents reported.

That man, Justin Brady, led authorities to Lavarnway, who rented a storage unit and met with Brady to exchange merchandise, agents reported.


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