Salem business owner lived 20 years under false name

Salem business owner lived 20 years under false name

Salem business owner lived 20 years under false name

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 6, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 6 at 4:29 PM

SALEM (AP) -- The owner of a Salem scrapbooking business has been accused of using fake documents to live under an assumed identity for more than 20 years and to dodge two charges from the 1980s, including one in Washington state.

Tracy M. Humphreys, 46, was stopped in her car and arrested Oct. 27 after she gave a fake name to officers. After the arrest, she allegedly changed her story and her name, using the moniker Teresa Ortiz for which she had an Oregon identification card.

She was then charged with identity theft and forgery.

Humphreys was fingerprinted at the Marion County Jail and released, but police requested a broader search after her fingerprints didn't match up with the name she had given. That's when police found a match for Humphreys, who was sought on a 1988 parole violation after a larceny conviction and a 1989 theft charge from Walla Walla, Wash., in which she was suspected of stealing more than $5,000 from a restaurant.

"We've been ... working on it, and we thought, 'Could this really be the same person?'" said Keizer Police Sgt. Jeffrey Goodman.

The discovery touched off a search for Humphreys, who was found Friday as a passenger in a car at a Salem intersection.

Police said Humphreys used the Ortiz name to open bank accounts, put her name on vital records and obtain an Oregon identification card and California driver's license. Under the assumed identity, Humphreys also married, had children and opened her scrapbooking store, SCRAP Happens, in southeast Salem.

A court date had not been set for Humphreys by Friday afternoon.

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