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Santa Rosa Woman with Previous Fraud and Theft Convictions Arrested for Credit Card Fraud in Santa Rosa

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A Santa Rosa woman with identity theft and credit card forgery convictions in 2011 and 2012 was arrested Thursday for fraudulent use of a credit card, a Sonoma County sheriff’s sergeant said. Jessika Lauren Smith, 34, allegedly used credit card numbers she obtained from her former employer’s customer records to pay her rent online with separate credit cards for three consecutive months this year, Sgt. Cecile Focha said.

Smith is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court. She is being held under no bail in the Sonoma County Jail. There was a warrant for Smith’s arrest in connection with a previous sheriff’s office case when Smith used her then-employer’s customer’s credit card to pay her outstanding $1,000 utility bill, Focha said. Smith was sentenced to county jail time and probation for the previous convictions, according to court records.

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