Jessika Lauren Smith had been in trouble before. She had been convicted of theft in both 2011 and 2012. Arrest records show that in July of 2012 she was charged with forgery, false impersonation, and driving without a license. That was followed by an arrest in December for possession of stolen property, and a probation violation.
According to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, she is in trouble once again. She is accused of using fraudulent credit card accounts to pay her rent. The investigation revealed that she had used customer records from a former employer to access credit card numbers for three separate accounts in order to pay her $1,000 monthly rent on-line for three consecutive months. Records show that she once worked for a local real estate trust deed company, though it is not clear if that employer was the victim in this case.
She was arrested on Thursday, December 18 by the Sheriff’s Property Crimes Detectives at her apartment home on Westberry Drive in Santa Rosa. She was booked for grand theft, unlawful use of willfully obtained personal identifying information, and use of a stolen credit card, as well as probation violations. She also had an outstanding warrant from a previous case of using her employer’s credit card to pay for a $1,000 utility bill.