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Emily Welker, Published February 14 2014

Fargo mom claims daughter stole her identity, racked up $13,000 in debt

FARGO – A Twin Cities woman faces felony charges here after allegedly stealing her mother’s identity and using it to run up more than $13,000 in credit card charges.

Tina Renee Beyer-Hood, of Champlin, Minn., was charged Thursday in Cass County District Court with unauthorized use of personal identifying information, a Class B felony.

According to court documents filed with the charges, Beyer-Hood’s mother, Corriene Beyer, of Fargo, filed a report Dec. 5 with Fargo police telling them she received a phone call from Portfolio Recovery saying that a U.S. Bank credit card with an $11,964 balance had gone to a collections agency.

Beyer told police she ran a credit report on herself that day and found four separate accounts on her report she didn’t recognize.

In addition to the U.S. Bank card, there was a DirecTV account for $445, one for Midland Funding for $518 and a third for Jefferson Capital Systems for $887.

Beyer told police her daughter, Beyer-Hood, might be responsible, and that the younger woman was in jail in Crow Wing County because she’s accused of a similar offense against Beyer-Hood’s daughter, Tara Mathson.

Court documents allege Beyer-Hood admitted in an interview from the jail that she used her mother’s name and Social Security number to open the first credit card and the DirecTV account.

Court records show Beyer-Hood was sentenced in December in Crow Wing County District Court to one year and eight months in prison after pleading guilty to felony identity theft in Crow Wing County.

Court documents filed in that case say her daughter reported to police that Beyer-Hood had opened 11 different credit cards in her name without her permission, racking up $7,295 in charges.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541