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Man gives false identity to officers


August 28, 2016

When Woods County authorities tracked down a man wanted on a warrant, they discovered it wasn't the same man they'd jailed earlier.

According to court records, on Jan. 15 of this year, a man giving his name as James Thomas Denmark was booked into the Woods County Jail for obstructing an officer and assault and battery on a police officer. He provided his date of birth, social security number and home address. He was photographed and fingerprinted.

The man bonded out of jail on a $5,000 bond and was to appear in court on Feb. 11. When Denmark failed to appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On May 18, the Caddo County Sheriff's Office contacted Woods County stating they had Denmark in custody. A criminal hold was placed on him for the Woods County warrant.

On Aug. 13, the Caddo County Sheriff's Office again contacted Woods County stating the Denmark they had in custody was not the same person listed in Woods County's misdemeanor warrant. Woods County sent them a booking photo of Denmark for comparison.

Caddo County notified Woods County Undersheriff Keith Dale that the person in the photo was actually Dakota Adam Lee Bishop while the person in their jail was the true James Thomas Denmark. The Caddo County officer said Denmark knew Bishop and was previously employed by Bishop.

Dale conducted a search for Bishop in the Offender Data Information System and found a photo of him from the Woodward County Sheriff's Office. He compared the photo with Woods County's book-in photo and they were the same person.

Dale reviewed the fingerprints taken during the book-in process in Woods County and contacted a representative of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation who told him the fingerprints submitted as Denmark actually belonged to Bishop.

On Aug. 17 Dale conducted an interview with Denmark who said Bishop had stolen his identity. Denmark said he used to work for Bishop and gave him rides to and from his residence. Denmark said he believed Bishop obtained his personal information from employment paperwork or from paperwork located in his vehicle. He identified the person in the book-in photo as Bishop. Denmark said Bishop used his (Denmark's) correct name and date of birth but not his correct social security number when being booked into the Woods County Jail.

Bishop has created approximately $896.88 in court costs and fees and $176 in jail costs under the false identity of Denmark.

Dakota Adam Lee Bishop, 29, has been charged with a felony of falsely personate another to create liability. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.


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