Ponca City woman faces 71 offenses including computer and credit card fraud

February 28, 2024 | Courts

NEWKIRK — A Ponca City woman accused of opening a credit card in her mother’s name and making 69 fraudulent transactions totaling $7,261.95 is free on $5,000 bond.

Julie Ann Huster, 44, is facing a felony charges of falsely personate another, computer fraud and 69 misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a credit card.

FBI special agent, Tim Doyle, reports in the affidavit that on Aug. 15, 2022, Lawton resident, Jean Mills, contacted Lawton police and reported that she was the victim of identity theft.

A police investigation revealed that a Capital One credit card application in Mills name was completed on a Kaw Nation Computer System.

Lawton Police Det. David Folkert reportedly obtained a list of 69 posted transactions in which all but two were under $500.

Officials report that the card was used to purchase concert tickets from DCF Concerts. Folkert reportedly contacted DCF and learned the the tickets were emailed to Huster’s email account. The detective contacted Mills and learned that Huster is her daughter and that Huster gave Mills the tickets for Christmas.

Julie Ann Huster

Folkert contacted M4 Enterprises in Tonkawa and learned that Huster was a client and that a $823.60 transaction was made on the credit card.

The 69 fraudulent transactions include purchases from: Etsy, Apple Market, Amazon, Jiffy Trip in Ponca City, Juicy’s Vapor Lounge, Kaw Southward Express, Newkirk Pharmacy, Domino’s, Family Pharmacy, Starbuck’s, Pizza Hut, Dollar General in Newkirk, Progressive Leasing, DoorDash, Walgreens, and Kindle.

Ponca City Walmart reportedly provided investigators photos of Huster leaving the store the same day a transaction was made on the credit card.

Kaw Nation confirmed that Huster was an employee. Folkert then contacted the FBI because of federal jurisdiction

Capitol One’s fraud investigator reportedly informed investigators that they determined that Mills was not responsible for the transactions totaling $7,261.95 and that the credit card company would incur the loss.

Agent Doyle followed up with Kaw Nation and determined that the federal government nor Kaw Nation were crime victims and the case was sent to the Kay County District Attorney. The charges were filed on Feb. 22.

Huster is free on $5,000 bond.

Huster is a former employee of the Kay County Court Clerk’s office and therefore all of the judges have recused from the case. The case is set to be re-assigned outside the 8th Judicial District.