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Denver woman tied to escort service sought in Aspen fraud case

A Denver woman with a history of fraud and alleged ties to an escort service was charged Thursday with three felonies related to a stay at the Hotel Jerome in January, according to court documents.

Holly Anderson, 36, was identified as the female half of a couple who stayed at the downtown Aspen hotel from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13 and racked up a nearly $3,000 bill that was charged to a stolen credit card number, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court.

The couple also allegedly used stolen credit card numbers to rent an SUV in Denver and purchase gas and food from businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley, according to the release.

The incident first came to the attention of Aspen Police in February, when a rental car company in Golden contacted them about a 2014 Toyota 4Runner rented the month before under dubious circumstances, the warrant states. A private investigator hired by the rental company tracked a phone number used to rent the vehicle back to Anderson.

The investigator also found the same phone number to be associated with an account at an escort service called myescortcareer.com, which also featured Anderson's picture, the affidavit states.

An email account linked to Anderson's phone number contained a majority of emails from the "casual encounters section" on Craigslist with responses from sexual ads providing Anderson's phone number. Some responses came from men in Aspen responding to various sexual proposals.

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The account, which was the subject of a search warrant executed by an Aspen police detective, also yielded numerous emails from Hotel Jerome employees notifying Anderson that the credit card she provided were declined. Subsequent emails from the owner of the email account provided substitute credit card numbers, one of which eventually went through to take care of all but $350 of the nearly $3,000 bill, according to the affidavit.

A Summit County sheriff's deputy arrested Anderson and a man named James Power, 38, in February for credit card fraud after the couple allegedly used a fraudulent credit card to rent a home in the county, the warrant states. When arrested, Anderson had a "notebook amongst her personal belongings containing a large quantity of credit card numbers, expiration dates and CVV numbers," according to the warrant.

Anderson also was arrested by Thornton police in 1998 for fraud impersonation and forgery, while Colorado State Patrol arrested her in 2001 for fraud impersonation, the warrant states.

She was charged Thursday with felony identity theft, felony unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, felony commission of computer crimes and misdemeanor theft, according to her arrest warrant signed Thursday by a District Court judge. Anderson has not yet been arrested.

jauslander@aspentimes.com

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