The Edmond Sun

December 12, 2013

Feds indict 3 accused in tag agency thefts

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Suspects accused of burglarizing several metro tag agencies including one in Edmond now face federal charges, court records show.

Wednesday, the U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, released the complaint filed against William Robert Donovan, 40, of Edmond, Richard Bruce Traver, 27, listed as homeless, and Amanda D. Sizemore. Her address information was not available.

Donovan and Traver, who are both in custody at the Oklahoma County jail, and Sizemore, who is not yet in custody, face government allegations of conspiracy to commit offenses against the U.S., aiding and abetting bank fraud and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.

If convicted, each defendant faces significant prison time, fines or both.

Defense counsel information was not listed. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In the complaint, grand jurors allege that earlier this year, beginning in or before March and continuing through at least June the defendants conspired to commit bank fraud in violation of federal law.

In the complaint, grand jurors allege in the conspiracy Donovan, who worked as a network administrator for an Oklahoma City petroleum company from December 2011-May 2013, obtained files containing personal information of many current and former employees including names, date of birth, addresses, driver’s license numbers and personal bank account information.

Grand jurors allege it was part of the conspiracy that the co-conspirators burglarized several metro tag agencies and stole items including completed driver’s license applications, printers and blank state driver’s license card stock from the tag agencies.

Grand jurors allege Donovan and Traver made one fraudulent transaction at a metro bank and Donovan, Sizemore and Traver made two other fraudulent transactions at credit unions in Oklahoma City and Yukon.

In April, Edmond Police Officer Rickey Ecker investigated a burglary in which a driver’s license computer and printer had been reported stolen from the Broadway Tag Agency, 3900 S. Broadway Ave., according to the incident report filed by Ecker.

In a previous report, Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said on June 27 Donovan and Traver were arrested by the Oklahoma City Police Department and are linked to the Edmond incident.

In addition to the federal allegations, Donovan and Traver also face state charges.

On July 3, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed four counts of second-degree burglary, one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses and four counts of conspiracy to commit a felony against Donovan and Traver, according to court records.

On July 17, Donovan and Traver were arraigned in Oklahoma County District Court and each entered a plea of not guilty. Bond for Donovan was set at $800,000, for Traver at $400,000.

On Jan. 31, Donovan and Traver have a scheduled preliminary hearing conference in Oklahoma County District Court. | 341-2121, ext. 108