Carlene Carter Arrested Near Nashville

Singer-songwriter Carlene Carter is free on $5,000 bond after being arrested Thursday (Dec. 12) near Nashville on two charges of identity theft. Carter, 47, is accused of using the identity of a former boyfriend to fill two prescriptions for Zoloft, an anti-depressant. Authorities say she used the numbers on an existing medicine bottle when she phoned a Hendersonville, Tenn., pharmacy to have the prescription filled in the name of Francis Reidy III. Reidy was killed in an automobile accident a few weeks before Carter allegedly attempted to fill the prescription. Carter is the daughter of June Carter and country singer Carl Smith — and the stepdaughter of Johnny Cash. She was arrested in New Mexico in June 2001 after police found three grams of black-tar heroin and drug paraphernalia in a stolen SUV she was driving. In September, she performed in Nashville with her mother and stepfather when Cash received the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award at the Americana Music Association awards show. 12/13/02