Parolee accused of forging checks


A woman who is listed as a parole absconder was arrested Thursday after allegedly forging several checks on another woman’s bank account.

Lisa Thomas, 45, allegedly told police she would “take full responsibility” for the alleged crime, but then refused to provide police with more information, Detective Jerry Lambert of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable cause affidavit that was presented in court Friday.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said the alleged victim contacted police Dec. 3 and reported that her checkbook had been stolen. The woman later contacted police again after a bank statement showed that at least $527 was missing.

Pugh said Thomas has “an extensive criminal history” dating back to 1995, and is on parole.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney agreed with Pugh’s request and set bond for Thomas at $25,000 cash-only after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with forgery and theft of property.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Thomas.

Even though Kearney set the bond, Thomas will be held on the absconder warrant until a hearing is held to determine if she should be sent back to prison to complete the remainder of her sentence.