UPDATED ON 6: Two People Arrested In Aiken For Illegal Solicitat - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

UPDATED ON 6: Two People Arrested In Aiken For Illegal Solicitation

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Mug shots of Lebrooke Shannice Smith and Zachary Lacasey Sims (Credit: Aiken Department of Public Safety) Mug shots of Lebrooke Shannice Smith and Zachary Lacasey Sims (Credit: Aiken Department of Public Safety)
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***UPDATED at 5:50 P.M. on Friday, October 18th***

Investigators with Aiken Department of Public Safety have charged 20-year-old Lebrooke Shannice Smith, of Augusta, with identity fraud.

Investigators say, Smith used the name of Kendra Morris when she was arrested for obtaining goods under false pretenses and soliciting without a license on Wednesday. Smith is accused of soliciting money from motorists along Fabian Drive in Aiken.

Investigators began receiving Crimestoppers tips and calls from local media after the community recognized the individual arrested had used someone else's name. Friday afternoon, investigators confirmed her identity through the use of fingerprints.

Investigators say, they would like to thank the community for their assistance in helping investigators charge the correct individual involved.

Anyone with any further information is asked to contact Crimestoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372). Callers will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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***POSTED at 5:49 P.M. on Thursday, October 17th***

Investigators with the Aiken Department of Public Safety have arrested two people for Obtaining Money by False Pretenses and Soliciting Without a License.

Investigators arrested 21-year-old Kendra Lachell Morris, of Augusta, and 20-year-old Zachary Lacasey Sims, also of Augusta. A third person investigatrors say was also participating, and was unable to be located.

Investigators say, these suspects were soliciting money from motorists along Fabian Drive, in Aiken, on Wednesday. They say the suspects were carrying signs indicating they needed money to bury a family member. They were collecting the money in Halloween pumpkins they had allegedly just purchased. They were able to obtain several hundred dollars from citizens prior to being arrested.

Upon speaking with the two suspects, each one provided a different name and funeral home of the alleged deceased person. Investigators contacted the funeral homes and there were no deceased people there by that name. Investigators say they want to emphasize that both names provided are not deceased. One of the suspects, after being arrested, admitted to this scheme being fraudulent, and using the money they receive to pay their bills.

The City of Aiken has an ordinance against individuals soliciting without first obtaining a license. The license ensures the individuals are representing an organization or have a legitimate cause for obtaining the money.

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