Burial scam suspect gave false name

Investigators say that an Augusta woman arrested for obtaining goods under false pretenses and soliciting without a license Wednesday used someone else’s name.

Lebrooke Shannice Smith, 20, who gave authorities the name Kendra Morris while being arrested, is accused of soliciting money from passersby on Fabian Drive in Aiken, according to a statement from the Aiken Department of Public Safety. Investigators confirmed her identity through the use of fingerprints after receiving tips that Smith had used another person’s name.

Smith now faces a charge of identity fraud in addition to charges of obtaining money by false pretenses and soliciting without a license. In April 2009, Smith was charged with felony counts of theft by taking and violation of probation and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass for violations in Richmond County, according to The Augusta Chronicle archives.

Smith and Zachary Lacasey Sims, 20, of Augusta were carrying signs indicating they needed money to bury a family member. Police say the pair collected several hundred dollars in plastic Halloween buckets before they were arrested.

A third person, who has not been identified, is still being sought by police. Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) 274-6372.

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