Oklahoma City woman arrested in connection to investigation into local identify theft ring

Tara Holden

A 50-year-old Oklahoma City woman collected seven total charges after she was accused of identity theft in the afternoon of June 3.

Tara Colleen Holden was charged Thursday in Payne County District Court with four felony counts of identity theft, a felony count of pattern of criminal offenses, a misdemeanor of possession of CDS-Methamphetamine and a misdemeanor of knowingly concealing stolen property.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a police officer has been assisting a Payne County Deputy with an ongoing investigation regarding an identity theft ring operating within the Stillwater area. The ring involved the theft of identities, making of fraudulent debit/credit cards using said identities, and printing and passing fraudulent checks using said identities. Information was received of numerous individuals involved in this scheme, including Tara Holden, Thomas Brown, Toie Richardson and Christopher Edgar.

On May 23, Brown was arrested at a local motel in possession of fraudulent Oklahoma Driver’s License. Officers were unable to locate Holden, Richardson or Edgar at the time but did locate several hotels where the group had rented rooms under the name Shannon Hodge.

On June 3, police received information Holden was staying at the Hampton Inn at 717 E. Hall of Fame. Holden had checked out of the hotel on May 31. Hotel manager Ross Martin informed police she had checked into the room under a false name. Martin further stated they had problems with her refusing to vacate the room after she passed checkout time. Employees of the hotel later discovered Holden had stolen a charging port station from the room.

After leaving the hotel, police responded to Home2 Suites at 306 E. Hall of Fame where the identity theft ring had previously been renting rooms. Holden was found in room 509 and placed under arrest.

A search warrant was executed on the room. Found in the room was a wallet containing an Oklahoma Driver’s License for another person, four homemade fraudulent credit cards with that person's name, two HP printers, a HP laptop, a stack of blank check paper, sheets of clear “Rub On Letters & Numbers,” exacto knives, three handwritten ledgers containing around 150 different individual credit, debit and checking numbers along with the names, dates of birth, social security numbers, address and other pertinent information for several individuals. Also found was an adhesive laminate in the trash with messed up information for the victim, a zip top bag containing one gram of methamphetamine and a charging port station which was identified as the same one stolen from Hampton Inn, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Holden appeared in court last week without an attorney. Her next scheduled court appearance is Thursday.