Woman who used sister's name to escape traffic ticket facing forgery charge

Woman who used sister's name to escape traffic ticket facing forgery charge
Brandy Shantell Smith (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A judge found probable cause Wednesday to charge a Jonesboro woman with fraud after police say she signed her sister's name to a traffic ticket.

On Christmas night last year, an officer with the University Police Department stopped a Mitsubishi Galant for not having a visible license plate.

The officer cited the driver, later identified as 21-year-old Brandy Shantell Smith, for no proof of insurance and no license plate.

According to court documents, Smith provided the officer with her sister's name and date of birth.

Three months later, on March 26, Smith's sister went to UPD to report she was the victim of identity theft and had learned a warrant was issued for her arrest for failing to appear on the traffic stop charges.

UPD retrieved the video of the traffic stop. According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim identified the driver as her sister.

"Further investigation revealed that the suspect, Brandy Shantell Smith, had an active warrant and a suspended driver's license at the time of the traffic stop on Dec. 25, 2017," the affidavit stated.

On Wednesday, Craighead County District Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge Smith with forgery and non-financial identity fraud.

He set her bond at $1,500 cash/surety and ordered her to appear in circuit court on April 27.

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