A 25-year-old Fort Worth woman is accused of having forged Social Security and Texas ID cards when stopped by a deputy in Cumby early Tuesday morning. Both documents allegedly had her name on them, and the ID card had her address and date of birth too. However, the number on the Social Security card was fake and the number on the ID card was that of a person who died, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Chaney alleged in arrest reports.
The woman, identified in arrest reports as Maria Cristina Lopez-Castillo, was a passenger in a Cadillac coupe stopped by Chaney at 1:55 a.m. July 30 on Interstate 30 east at mile marker 112 for a traffic violation. When he approached the vehicle, Chaney reported smelling a marijuana odor in the car and saw suspected marijuana on the top of her legs.
The deputy had both occupants get out of the vehicle and conducted a probable cause search. Chaney reported finding a resealable cigar wrapper with a small amount of marijuana in it; a forged Social Security card with the woman’s name and a fake number in the console; and the Texas ID card with her name, date of birth and address on it in the driver’s side front pocket. A records check using the number on the ID card showed it belonged to a deceased person, Chaney alleged in arrest reports.
The woman, identified as Lopez-Castillo was arrested for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. The driver was issued a citation for the traffic violation and released, according to arrest reports.
Lopez-Castillo was released from Hopkins County jail Wednesday, July 31; her bond was set at $10,000 on the felony charge, according to jail reports.