1 convicted, 1 charged in ongoing federal check fraud case
BATON ROUGE - A federal prosecutor in Baton Rouge says one man has been convicted and another indicted in a $4 million fraud scheme involving U.S. Treasury checks.
In a Friday news release, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said the scheme took place in 2012 and 2013.
Green said 26-year-old Albelk Reyes Serrata of Allentown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to steal government funds. Serrata admitted working with co-conspirators to fraudulently obtain checks and have them cashed in Baton Rouge with an accomplice who would retain a percentage of the funds.
Details on his possible sentence were not available.
Green said 55-year-old Carlos L. Linares of Baton Rouge was indicted on a charge of failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program in the case.
Green said the investigation is continuing.