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Forest woman wanted on charges of wire fraud, theft, forgery in other jurisdictions

February 6, 2014

By Margaret Baker, The Sun Herald

Feb. 06 -- OCEAN SPRINGS -- A Forest woman picked up in a traffic stop here is wanted on felony charges of wire fraud, theft and forgery along with a misdemeanor charge of credit card fraud, according to authorities. Kizzie N. McClendon , 34, was pulled over in a traffic stop Monday and taken into custody on misdemeanor traffic violations along with charges of disorderly conduct. Police said McClendon provided false identification, though they were later able to identify her and determine she was wanted on outstanding felony charges. In addition, McClendon was wanted for questioning by the U.S. Secret Service in a fraud investigation involving more than $50,000 , police said. Ruston police Sgt. Clint Williams said they had been searching for McClendon since May, when she's accused of stealing a wallet, $200 in cash and credit cards from the owner of a local dress shop. McClendon, Williams said, is accused of forging four of the woman's checks for a little under $4,000 and cashing two of them at two banks in Ruston, La. , and two others at banks in nearby Ouachita Parish . In addition, Williams said, Ruston police are going to arrest McClendon on additional charges of wire fraud and theft in connection with their investigation there. Ridgeland police have also issued a warrant for McClendon's arrest on a charge of misdemeanor credit card fraud. In that case, Lt. Norman Sipp said, McClendon is accused of stealing a woman's credit card in February 2010 and later charging items valued at $144.42 . McClendon was being held at the Ocean Springs Municipal Jail on Wednesday. ___ (c)2014 The Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.) Visit The Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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