'Bridezilla' gets 12 years after stealing from husband againPosted: Updated:
The following press release was sent by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:
SCOTTSDALE - Jeanie Kay Smith (DOB 8/3/66) has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in connection with a string of thefts and identity thefts. This marks the second time she has gone to prison for stealing from one of her husbands.
Smith was arrested after a complex investigation by Scottsdale Police. She was accused of stealing from her new husband and his family, as well as several merchants. She was also accused of multiple identity thefts in order to fund a spending spree that topped $250,000. That spree included everything from a new car to a massage at a Scottsdale Spa.
Ironically, Smith met her husband, a Scottsdale businessman, while she was in prison in Tucson, doing time for stealing from her ex-husband. She had pled guilty to fraudulent schemes and artifices in 2002.
While she was incarcerated, the man who would be her next husband visited her on a regular basis. They married after the defendant was released from prison in 2006.
On July 7, 2008, Smith pled guilty to taking the identity of another, a class 4 felony; fraudulent schemes, a class 2 felony, with one prior felony conviction; theft, a class 2 felony; and theft of means of transportation, a class 3 felony, with one prior felony conviction.
On August 13, 2008, Smith was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Deputy County Attorney AnnieLaurie Van Wie prosecuted the case.
County Attorney Thomas stated, "Anyone thinking about marrying this defendant would be well advised to consult her rap sheet before taking the plunge."