State police make 8 arrests in 7 days
The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations brought numerous criminal cases to a close this past week after nine people were arrested across several parishes.
On March 2nd, 2012, investigators arrested 62 year old Jerome McNabb of Pine Grove following a joint investigation between LSP Narcotics Detectives and the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office.
The investigation revealed that McNabb used his business, The Snack Zone, to sell prescription pain medication and crack cocaine.
Narcotics agents discovered multiple dosage units of Clonazepam, Diazepam, Xanex, Lortab, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone in addition to 2 grams of crack cocaine and two shotguns in his business. McNabb was booked into the St. Helena Parish Jail charged with the Distribution of a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II CDS, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule III CDS, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of a CDS. .
On March 5th, 2012, LSP Detectives arrested 36 year old Lucian Meyers of Bogalusa following an investigation into a complaint received from the Office of Motor Vehicles.
The investigation revealed that Meyers used her sister's name, social security number, and date of birth to obtain a driver's license and identification card at the Bogalusa Motor Vehicle Office. Meyers was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on 2 counts each of Filing False Public Records and Forgery.
Following an investigation into a complaint received from State Farm Insurance, Troopers assigned to the LSP Insurance Fraud Unit arrested 44 year old Charles Gary Jr. of New Orleans. The complaint originated from a medical claim submitted to State Farm by Gary in 2008. Police say Gary was paid $3,139 by State Farm after submitting a medical bill from West Jefferson Medical Center for medical treatments following a vehicle crash. Trooper's investigation revealed that medical documents submitted to State Farm were altered and that Gary was never treated at WJMC. On March 5th, 2012, Gary surrendered to investigators at the Orleans Parish Jail and was booked on one count each of Insurance Fraud and Theft.
Also on March 5th, Troopers arrested David Benders, age 37 of Shelbyville, KY, on charges of Insurance Fraud after receiving a complaint from the Scottsdale Insurance Company. The investigation revealed that Benders submitted an altered plumbing repair receipt to Scottsdale in the amount of $14,940 after claiming subsurface plumbing damage to his rental property in Gretna. Benders fraudulently inflated the original cost of the repairs by $9,440 and altered the receipt before submitting it for reimbursement. Benders turned himself in to Troopers and was booked into the Jefferson Parish Jail without incident.
On March 6th, Troopers arrested Tyra Cyprian, age 33 of Hammond, following an investigation into alleged identity theft. Troopers discovered that Cyprian used a fraudulent name and social security number to open residential accounts at AT&T and Entergy leaving an unpaid balance of $3,200. Cyprian was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail without incident.
On March 7th, LSP Detectives arrested 32 year old Ameshia Cheatham of New Orleans, on charges of Insurance Fraud following a complaint received from State Farm Insurance. Troopers' investigation revealed that Cheatham provided State Farm with altered medical bills from injuries sustained in a vehicle crash. Cheatham was booked into the Orleans Parish Jail.
During the course of ongoing narcotics investigations in the Washington Parish area, Troopers identified and arrested Wesley Magee, age 31 of Bogalusa, LA, on charges of Distribution of a Schedule II CDS and Violation of a Drug Free Zone. Magee was arrested without incident and booked into the Washington Parish Jail. At the time of his arrest, Magee was currently on parole for a previous narcotics conviction.
On March 7th, a joint investigation between LSP Narcotics Detectives and the Bogalusa Police Department led to the arrest of 56 year old Gregory Mangrum of Bogalusa, on 11 counts of Obtaining a CDS by Fraud (Doctor Shopping). The investigation revealed that Mangrum fraudulently obtained prescriptions from multiple physicians and filled the prescriptions at several pharmacies in the Washington Parish area. Mangrum was booked without incident into the Washington Parish Jail.
Finally, on March 9th, Troopers assigned to the Gaming Enforcement Division based out of Harrah's Casino arrested 36 year old Joseph Lewis of New Orleans, LA following the discovery of two female juveniles outside of the Harrah's Canal Street entrance. Further investigation revealed that Lewis abandoned his 8 and 6 year old daughters outside of the entrance at 6:45 pm while he gambled in the casino. The two young girls were left alone for approximately 30 minutes before being discovered by casino security officers. Troopers were successfully able to make contact with the mother of the two juveniles who arrived at the casino to take custody of her daughters. Lewis was booked into the Orleans Parish Jail on two counts each of Child Desertion and Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors as well as an outstanding arrest warrant from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.