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Bond increased for Raleigh woman in alleged ID theft scheme

Posted September 7, 2010 11:40 a.m. EDT
Updated September 7, 2010 6:13 p.m. EDT

— A judge increased bond Tuesday to $6 million for a Raleigh woman facing nearly 30 charges in connection with an alleged identity theft scheme.

Arrest warrants state that Heather Lynn Holley, 39, whose last known address was Langley Circle, opened up bank accounts and credit cards and cashed checks using other people's identities. In one case, the identity of a 2-year-old child was stolen.

Holley does not live at Langley Circle any longer, according to her former landlord.

Wake County investigators claimed in the warrants that Holley broke into several homes to obtain birth certificates, passports, Social Security numbers, vehicle registration cards and other identifying documents. Also stolen were an external hard drive, jewelry, clothing and antique furniture, according to the warrants.

In one case, the warrants state, Holley used someone else's health insurance card to obtain medical treatment and, in another, tried to cash a forged $34,000 check.

Carol Jones said Holley tried to ruin her credit by ordering dozens of magazines in her name that she has refused to pay for.

“They’re magazines I would never order – handguns, violence, porn,” Jones said Tuesday.

Jones said Holley also put fake ads on craigslist.com that caused hundreds of strangers to call her and come banging on her door.

Investigators said Holley broke into Jones' north Raleigh home in January and stole her passport, driver's license and bank statements. Jones said someone even hacked into her computer and removed fraud alerts that Jones had placed on her accounts.

“It became a game of cat and mouse. I would put a freeze on or a fraud alert, and she would take it off,” Jones said.

Holley was charged with:

  • nine counts of identity theft
  • three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses
  • two counts each of breaking-and-entering, larceny after breaking-and-entering, possession of stolen property, uttering a forged instrument and larceny of chose in action
  • one count each of second-degree burglary, forgery of instrument, possession of burglary tools, forger of endorsement and accessing computer

Jones said she is relieved that Holley is in custody.

"She's a dangerous woman," Jones said.

Holley, who plans to hire her own attorney, told the judge on Tuesday that there was no evidence she took on other identities. She said her bond was outside the legal guidelines for what she is charged with.

Holley's bond was originally set at $5 million on Sunday. Her next court date is Sept. 27.