Woman wanted in scams arrested

Eva Smith

Police said a woman suspected in a series of scams is off the streets after being picked up by Richmond County deputies Thursday afternoon.

Police issued arrest warrants for Eva Smith in June after she was identified by victims as the woman responsible for several scams in the downtown area.

Smith's scams typically involve another character, who she refers to as Officer Webb.

Victims tell authorities Smith claims she needs money and promises reimbursement in the form of money or other favors from a relative - Officer Webb -  at the sheriff's office. When the victims call the sheriff's office to speak to Webb they learn they have been the victim of a scam.

Police said she has claimed she needed money for gas, car repairs, food and has claimed to be pregnant with twins in the past to gain sympathy.

Smith has been arrested at least six times between June 2010 and March 2011 on theft by deception charges but has never been jailed for longer than four months for the misdemeanor crime.

She also has a history of other crimes including shoplifting and drug charges.

Investigators said Smith has been a suspect in several other cases but charges were never filed by the victims.

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