A Chicago woman is accused of trying to pass off someone else’s driver’s license as her own and having 15 credit cards in someone else’s name during a traffic stop on Friday.

Lauren Lampignano, 32, was charged with credit card fraud-forgery and obstructing a police officer. If convicted of both charges, she faces up to four years, three months in prison and/or fines up to $20,000.

Lampignano is being held on a $500 cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint, the Racine County Sheriff’s Department pulled Lampignano over on a traffic stop on Friday. She told the deputy her names was Amanda Andrews and gave him a driver’s license with that name on it. But it came back with a different eye color, hair color, and height. When confronted, Lampignano gave him her real name.

When the deputy conducted a search, he found 15 credit cards in the name of Amanda Andrews in Lampignano’s wallet. The deputy noted in his report that the credit cards appeared fraudulent as the security code was on a raised sticker. But the cards were from different banks. They also indicated that the cardholder should “text for help to 22+612.”

When the officer called the number on the back of each card, it didn’t connect to a person or phone system, according to the criminal complaint.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.



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