LAS VEGAS -- Bridgette Chaplin, described by a Deputy District Attorney as one of Nevada's 'most prolific' identity thieves, had her bail raised to $624,000 as part of a superseding indictment that added 19 more counts to the 43 counts relating to a forgery lab operation that she had already been indicted with.
Chaplin, 32, was pulled over for a traffic stop when officers found an electric stun gun in the vehicle. An investigation found that she had been arrested for forgery in the past and had a 2007 conviction for stolen mail.
Investigators say Chaplin was running two forgery labs – one in her home and the other at a Budget Suites – between March and July. Chaplin's arrest report said searches of the labs contained blank check stock, forged checks in various states of completion, laminators, dozens of profiles containing individuals' personal identification, and other items common in a forgery lab.
Chaplin was noted as saying the checks found in her apartment were "novelties."
Officials say this remains an ongoing investigation. Chaplin's arraignment is set for October 31.