5 arrested in Slidell counterfeit money scheme
SLIDELL - Five people were arrested by Slidell Police following an investigation of a complex counterfeit money scheme that conned several New Orleans area businesses out of thousands of dollars.
The investigation began in October of 2014 under Slidell Police Detective Luke Irwin. Over the course of the next three months, eight businesses in Slidell reported receiving counterfeit $50 and $100 bills. Detective Irwin, who is also a part of the U.S. Secret Service Task Force, teamed up with the federal agency to discover that the same counterfeit bills were being passed at more than two dozen businesses in and around the New Orleans Metro Area.
Five suspects were identified and arrested during the investigation:
-Destinee Warren, 22-years-old, Slidell, LA
-Diondre Jones, 26-years-old, Slidell, LA
-Anthony Chaney, 28-years-old, Slidell, LA
-Tajhan Armour, 19-years-old, Slidell, LA
-Jamineca Williams, 19-years-old, Slidell, LA
Police said Destinee Warren was identified as the ring leader of the counterfeiting group who would would obtain the fake bills and distribute them to the other four suspects. The group would then go to area businesses and make small purchases to break the counterfeit bills into smaller denominations of actual bills. Investigators believe Warren would receive a certain percentage of the real money, while the other suspects kept the rest. Detectives do not know how Warren obtained the counterfeit bills, but they suspect she used a high-quality printer to print the money.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith says, "The money looked and felt real. Only someone with a trained eye could determine that the money was counterfeit. This was a sophisticated scheme that eventually caught up with the group. I'm proud of the investigators who worked this case. A lot of time and effort went into identifying and arresting these individuals."
The investigation remains on-going with other law enforcement agencies in the area saying they expect additional charges to be filed for each of the five suspects.
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