Beaufort News

Beaufort women sought on forgery charge after cashing checks on Hilton Head

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is searching for two Beaufort women accused of cashing checks drawn from the account of a Beaufort church.

Antwonisha Smith, also known as Antwonisha Wiggs, 29, and Estella Patricia Smalls, 44, are wanted on forgery charges after counterfeit checks allegedly produced by Smalls were cashed Dec. 23 at the Publix on Hilton Head Island and Dec. 24 at a BI-LO, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.

Using the routing number from a check that had been legitimately written to a Beaufort church, Smalls allegedly manufactured the counterfeit checks with check-printing software, according to the release Monday. The forged checks were then cashed by Smith; Smalls' husband, Anthony Curtis Johnson, 50; and a niece, Constance Caress Wiggs, 21, the release said. Anthony Johnson was charged Jan. 28, and Constance Wiggs on Jan. 31.

Smalls is about 5 feet tall and 290 pounds. Her last known address is 814 Newcastle St. in Beaufort.

Smith is about 5-foot-7 and 145 pounds. Her last known address is 2500 Duke St., B3, in Beaufort.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these women is asked to call Cpl. J. Moran at 843-255-3422 or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.