*A top contestant for next month’s Miss USA crown has dropped out of the high-stakes pageant after being charged with three counts of identity theft.

Shaletta T. Porterfield, who was set to represent Wisconsin, resigned from the beauty contest on Friday after she allegedly forged signatures of three business owners on advertising contracts while working for American Marketing and Publishing last summer, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday.

If convicted, the 26-year-old faces a maximum fine of $10,000 U.S. for each of the three counts, or a maximum jail sentence of six years.

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