People should we cut this lady a break? It was a case of inadvertent but entirely understandable confusion. She was meaning to use her EBT card. The dumbing down of America has now extended into the criminal wing of the country…

The Smoking Gun:

An ex-con is facing felony charges after she used a stolen credit card to bail out a woman locked up in a Florida jail, police charge. According to court filings, Lakeisha Brisbane, 46, used the victim’s Visa card in three separate transactions–totaling $850–with a Clearwater bail bonds company.

Brisbane, seen at right, used the stolen credit card to bail out Shermaine Arnold, a 21-year-old female acquaintance being held in the Pinellas County lockup, cops allege.

Arnold, records show, was jailed in November for ditching out on a $62.21 Yellow Cab fare. But since she also had an outstanding warrant in connection with a felony battery case in Miami-Dade county, her bond was set at $7500.

Arnold, pictured left, spent a week in custody before Brisbane went into 49th Street Bail Bonds carrying a credit card “issued in the name of elderly male victim,” a criminal complaint charges. Brisbane signed several sales receipts, a “multitude of other paperwork,” and allowed the firm to photocopy her driver’s license.

Court filings do not explain how Brisbane was allowed to make charges on a Visa card in someone else’s name.

Brisbane, who is scheduled for a court appearance today, was arrested Thursday on grand theft and credit card fraud charges, both felonies. She was released on $10,000 bond, which was posted by a second Clearwater firm, P-Freddie Dixon Bail Bonds. More