Woman at center huge ID theft case

Heather Holley

September 7, 2010 5:21:30 PM PDT
When Heather Holley, 39, walked into a Wake County jailhouse courtroom Tuesday, even the veteran district court judge acknowledged that she is in big trouble.

"You've got a large number of cases," observed District Court Judge James Fullwood.

It took Fullwood a minute and half to read the charges - 29 in all - involving several victims.

They range from burglary and identity fraud to larceny and forgery - and could bring a maximum sentence of 62 years. Prosecutors say it's one of the largest identity theft cases they've seen - possibly the biggest ever in Wake County.

"I'm glad she's behind bars," said alleged victim Carol Jones.

Jones sat in the front row of the courtroom watching and listening intently. She said she believes Holley used lock picks to break into her Raleigh home without leaving a trace.

"It was neat as a pin. Had no idea anyone had been there," she explained.

Jones says information from her passport, bank and driver's license had been stolen and she didn't even know.

Once she figured that out, her nightmare continued. Whoever broke into her house had hacked into her computer and was forwarding information.

"So every time I changed a number, a password, she was getting that information. So I would put fraud alerts on and she would take 'em off," said Jones.

Holley told the judge she would hire her own attorney and wanted her bond lowered. She pointed out that she did not fight extradition from Alabama to North Carolina.

"I did waive my right to extradition. I could have prolonged it, but I did not," she told Fullwood. "And I have no criminal record of any sort."

But prosecutors say that may not be the complete story.

"I can't present you a record because there ain't no telling how many different identities she's used in the past and in other states," explained prosecutor Adam Moyers.

"There is no evidence of that," Holley responded.

Jones said she was impressed with Holley's court performance.

"She's very clever, very smart, pulls every trick in the book," she said.

Despite that, Fullwood refused to lower Holley's bond.

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