'A.I.' Contestant -- Convicted Shoplifter
2/8/2006 6:19 PM PT
TMZ has learned 'American Idol' contestant Tatiana Ward, who is on her way to Hollywood after last night's audition, got into legal trouble on her way out of Macy's.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Ward was cited for shoplifting $24 in merchandise from the Macy's Department Store in Montgomery County, PA. The incident occurred on March 22, 2002.
Ward pled guilty to retail theft and was fined $135. View court records
Ward was also cited for carrying false ID. TMZ has learned she had a false New Jersey driver's license. Ward pled not guilty but Judge David Keightly begged to differ, fining her $187.50 for that offense. View court records
TMZ spoke with Judge Keightly today who is far from "Simon-esque." Judge Keightly said, "She's a very good singer and I hope she does well in the competition."
Shoplifting court records
False ID court records