Ind. woman gives police false name, gets convicted under alias
Last Updated: 74 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Chief Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Villanueva says he's never seen a defendant lie like Heather Clise.
Clise, 25, of Indianapolis, was convicted of theft and sentenced to probation after she was caught shoplifting from the Von Maur store in Greenwood Park Mall in November, according to court documents released Thursday.
But when another woman came forward saying her state child assistance had been cut – ostensibly because of the same felony conviction – prosecutors realized they'd been duped.
After a fingerprint search, police determined that Clise had used the name and information of an acquaintance to lie about her identity when she was first questioned. She then used that same false information through the booking process, and in court, where she executed a plea agreement under her falsified alias.
Clise was rearrested in January and recharged with the original theft, along with forgery for signing multiple documents, including the plea agreement, with her acquaintance's information.
She was sentenced this week to five years in prison on the forgery charge, and one year in prison for the theft. Her acquaintance's false conviction was set aside and expunged.
"We read reports about people lying to police about who they are all the time," said Villanueva. "However, once those people get to the jail they almost always come clean. I have never before seen a person who continued that kind of charade throughout the pendency of an entire criminal case. Her choice to do so cost her about three times the prison sentence she would have otherwise likely received had she been truthful."
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