POSTED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 2:04pm
LAFAYETTE, La — During the months of September, October and November of 2012, Lafayette Police received reports of several counterfeit checks that were negotiated within the Lafayette area. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that similar checks were negotiated in Calcasieu Parish.
An investigation was conducted by the United States Secret Service Task Force encompassing the Lafayette Police Department, the Louisiana State Police and the United States Secret Service. On the 27th of November, 2012, four suspects were identified and arrested in the case. Orlando Washington, 28, Kwame Cunningham, 22, Lavar Kittelberger, 32, and Anthown Swan, 27, all of Georgia, were arrested and charged with 29 counts of Bank Fraud, 29 counts of Forgery, 43 counts of conspiracy to commit Identity Theft and 1 count of Identity Theft.
A search warrant was executed at the local hotel room where the men were found and investigators recovered $155,000.00 in stolen business checks, $18,000.00 in cash and $2,500.00 in equipment and proceeds.
Investigators also arrested several men who were recruited locally by the suspects to cash the counterfeit checks.
Anyone with any additional information or may have been the victim of a commercial business check crime is encouraged to call the Lafayette Police Department at 291-8600. The case remains under investigation.