Woman allegedly admits to forging checks

A Pine Bluff woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly admitted forging checks on the account of a friend of hers.

Nia Bullard, 22, allegedly cashed the checks at Brookshire’s stores in Pine Bluff and an estimated $3,050 was missing from the victim’s account, Pine Bluff Police Department Detective Marcia Oliver said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Thursday.

According to the affidavit, police were contacted Dec. 18 by the alleged victim, who reported that money was missing from her checking account.

Oliver said in the affidavit the alleged victim told police her granddaughter’s name was also on the account, but said neither she nor the granddaughter had written the checks.

The affidavit said an investigation revealed that Bullard, a friend of the granddaughter, had written the checks. According to the affidavit, when Bullard was questioned, she admitted writing the checks.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Bullard on Thursday after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with forgery and theft of property.

Bullard, who Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said had no prior convictions or pending charges, said she would hire her own attorney.