Woman arrested for over $400,000 in counterfeit money orders, traveler’s checks

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:42pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Baton Rouge Police Department Financial Crimes Investigators, working with the Narcotics Division and special agents from the United States Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service, have seized over $400,000 in counterfeit money orders and traveler’s checks.

The fake documents were recovered in a search of an apartment at 10950 Darryl Drive that took place on Nov. 15, 2011.The apartment belonged to Latosha Edrena Jackson, 31.

Jackson was booked on November 15 with 402 counts of Monetary Instrument Abuse. Today, Nov. 30, she is also being charged with another 91 counts of Monetary Instrument Abuse and 1 count of Felony Theft.

Jackson is accused of possessing 402 counterfeit United States Postal Service money orders with a face value of $390,811.50, as well as 91 counterfeit American Express traveler’s checks with a face value of $45,500.00.

Jackson is also accused of using one of the fraudulent money orders to pay her rent.

At this time investigators are not certain if Jackson passed any additional money orders or traveler’s checks but any local merchants who suspect that they have received a counterfeit monetary instrument should contact the Baton Rouge Police Department’s Financial Crimes Division at (225) 389-3871.

The investigation is continuing.

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