Cedar Rapids Woman Caught on Long Rap Sheet of Theft, Fraud, More
When I say it's a long rap sheet, I mean it. According to a press release sent to this station by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, here's what 44-year-old Jennifer Lynn Smith of Cedar Rapids was recently charged with, after an investigation during a period from April 2020 and October 2021:
- Four counts of forgery
- Four counts of identity theft of more than $10,000
- Four counts of identity theft under $1,500
- Three counts of second-degree theft
- Three counts of identity theft of more than $1,500 and under $10,000
- Two counts of first-degree theft
- Two counts of unauthorized use of credit card
- One count of third-degree fraud
- One count of possession of a fictitious license, ID card, or form
- One count of ongoing criminal conduct
- One count of money laundering
The Cedar Rapids Gazette says she is accused of assuming the identities of several different people across the United States to commit her crimes and establishing multiple accounts to defraud banks, credit unions, and several other businesses. She reportedly bought a vehicle under someone else's name with a fraudulent check for $8,821.45 and cost a property owner $10,000 after also using a fraudulent check to secure a rental agreement.
Three area credit unions are out nearly $40,000 between them, thanks to Smith's shenanigans of assuming false identities to open checking and savings accounts and secure loans, as well as attempts to establish service through Alliant and Mid-American Energy companies.
Finally, Smith allegedly altered and forged a rental lease extension with the Clerk of Court to stay in her residence, and used one of her stolen identities to attempt to purchase a change of address with the U.S. Postal Service. OUCH.
According to the Gazette, Smith had her initial appearance in court Wednesday and is being held in the Linn County Jail on a $100,000 bond.