Law enforcement agents from the Liberty County Pct. 5 Constable’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Auto Task Force served an arrest warrant on Thursday for the owner of a small used car lot in Cleveland.
The owner, Jessica Maelynn McCarter, 25, of Cleveland, is accused of selling fictitious paper license plates through Facebook Marketplace.
“We kept running across a bunch of paper license plates around town. Through our investigation, we found that McCarter was issuing these paper license plates by the dozen,” said Pct. 5 Constable David Hunter. “These plates are supposed to be used for transferring a vehicle.”
McCarter’s arrest came after one of the people who purchased a fake paper license plate provided evidence to law enforcement investigators.
“She rolled over and gave us information on where she got the plates. We followed up, and through our investigation, we found out that this lady was selling the plates for $40 each,” Hunter said, alleging that hundreds of the fake license plates have been sold by McCarter.
McCarter is charged with Forgery of a Governmental Document and may be facing fines and penalties, Hunter said. She is being held in the Liberty County Jail at this time. Hunter said his office will continuing its investigation into the fictitious license plates.
The afternoon brought two more arrests for the constable’s office. Hunter said he and his deputies were running a warrant for Jeanette Barnett, 37, of Cleveland, who had a parole violation for drug charges. After looking for her at her house, they combed the city and found her in the company of a male friend, Paul Landreneau, 47, of Louisiana.
“We stopped their vehicle to arrest her and made contact with her male friend. We found out he had federal warrants out of Beaumont for drugs,” Hunter said.
Both Barnett and Landreneau were arrested and placed in the Liberty County Jail. Authorities also confiscated drugs and drug paraphernalia, the constable said.