ARRESTED: Dana Christopher, 36, and Kami Cosby, 25. (Source: Bossier Sheriff's Office)
BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -
Investigators with Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force arrested a Haughton man and Shreveport woman Wednesday, accusing them of spending thousands of dollars with counterfeit checks to purchase various items at multiple retail locations.
Dana L. Christopher, 36, of the 5400 block of Highway 80 in Haughton, and Kami M. Cosby, 25, of the 300 block of Leland Ave. in Shreveport, were booked today following a two-month investigation by the Task Force, a joint effort between the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office and Bossier City Police Department.
Bossier Sheriff's Office Deputies say that during the joint investigation, detectives determined that Christopher and Cosby would fraudulently obtain the checking account information of multiple victims, produce counterfeit checks and then purchase mostly high-dollar items at various stores.
Investigators found Christopher and Cosby at a traffic stop in Haughton and arrested them on the warrant charges of racketeering and three counts of identity theft. Also, a 4-year-old child was also in the car.
Additionally, Christopher was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor when investigators found in his car a glass pipe with suspected meth residue and a tin canister with suspected meth.
During a search of Christopher's residence, investigators found weight scales with suspected meth residue in one of the bedrooms.
Investigators also impounded a 2011 Jeep Patriot, a laptop computer and financial documents. The 4-year-old was picked up by another family member.
Wednesday's arrest closes seven cases of identity theft, but investigators remind residents that if they feel they've been the victim of identity theft to contact the Bossier Sheriff's Office at 965-2203 or the Bossier City Police Department at 741-8611.
Investigators with the Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force also encourage residents to check their financial statements routinely, if not daily, and not just wait until they arrive in the mail. Before discarding of any documents with personal information, investigators recommend shredding them to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft.
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