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Mother of actress who played Michelle Obama arrested for writing bad check

By Mason White 12:00 PM November 18, 2016
Janice Acquista 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) The mother of an actress who played Michelle Obama, was arrested after she wrote a bad check to cover a fine from a library, according to police in North Carolina.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said that an arrest warrant was issued against 65-year-old Janice Acquista, whose daughter Tika Sumpter played Michelle Obama in “Southside With You,” after ignoring warnings from the Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library that her checked bounced.

Acquista was booked into jail, and her bail was set at $500.

According to the criminal complaint, Acquista was issued a fine of $10 for not returning a book on time. She eventually paid the fine with a check, but it bounced.

The library sent her a notice, but it was ignored.

The library then turned the matter over to the billings department, and the case eventually went to the district attorney.

On Monday, Acquista was traveling with her 10-year-old granddaughter when she noticed a Johnston County sheriff’s patrol car.

Acquista slowed down to make sure she was not driving over the speed limit.

When the deputy noticed that Acquista was slowing down to well below the speed limit, he pulled her over to make sure that she was not in any danger.

The deputy asked for her driver’s license, and went to the patrol car to check the woman’s history. He then came back to her and arrested for the outstanding warrant.

Sumpter slammed the arrest of her mother and tied it to the recent presidential election in which Donald Trump was elected.

“Presidential elections matter, but your local elections matter just as much,” Sumpter wrote on Twitter.