JONESBORO — A woman faces 40 felony charges after police said she somehow managed to alter a $5 cashier’s check to buy a $13,800 all-terrain vehicle in Jonesboro.
Johnni Danielle Smullins, 42, of Delaware in Logan County, Ark., was ordered held in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.
Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause Friday to charge Smullins with theft of a vehicle valued at more than $5,000, 36 counts of second-degree forgery, another theft count, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of a forgery device.
Police learned of the case on Aug. 19, after Jonesboro Cycle and ATV discovered the check Smullins presented to buy the ATV was a forgery.
According to a probable cause affidavit, police obtained an arrest warrant for the ATV fraud on Aug. 28, but before they could find her, they were notified she used another forged cashier’s check to buy a vehicle at another Jonesboro business.
She was arrested Monday after Plaza Tire Service reported she had written a forged check to pay for work done on yet another vehicle. Police learned that vehicle had been reported stolen in Memphis.
A search of a purse she had in her possession and the vehicle revealed a meth pipe, numerous forged or altered checks, copies of checks, blank check paper, label printers, erasable pens, financial documents belonging to victims in the Little Rock area, and a laptop computer with a printer.
Smullins gets around. A review of online court records showed she has active criminal cases in Pulaski, Poinsett, Sharp and Pope counties – all forgery and fraud related.
She is serving three years of probation in five separate forgery cases in Logan County, which is in western Arkansas. She has also served probation in a previous Poinsett County case.
In 2014, she received a five-year prison sentence in Craighead County on forgery charges.
She was ordered to appear Oct. 27 in Craighead County Circuit Court to face her new charges. If convicted, she could potentially receive more than 300 years in prison.