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Woman arrested for possessing $400,000 worth of fake checks

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Posted: Nov 30, 2011 12:06 PM
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BATON ROUGE - Local and national authorities added an extra 92 criminal charges to a Baton Rouge woman's rap sheet Wednesday morning after they arrested her for possessing over $400,000 in checks and money orders two weeks ago.

BRPD's Financial Crimes Investigators arrested Latosha Edrena Jackson, 31, of 10950 Darryl Dr. in her apartment on November 15 and charged her with 402 counts of monetary instrument abuse.

Today, they added another 91 counts with an additional charge of felony theft.

Police say Jackson possessed 402 counterfeit United States Postal Service money orders valued at $390,811 as well as 91 counterfeit American Express traveler's checks with a face value of $45,500.

BRPD made the arrests with the help of their Narcotics division and special agents from US Homeland Security and the US Postal Inspection Service.

Authorities know she used one of the counterfeits to pay her rent, but are not certain if she passed off any additional counterfeits to local stores.

Any local merchant who believes they have received a counterfeit money order or check should contact the BRPD Financial Crimes Division at 389-3871.

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