PRESS RELEASE From: Police Department Contact: Public Information Officer, Lt. Malcolm Dupre Date: August 17, 2004
City of Thibodaux 1309 Canal Blvd. Thibodaux, LA 70301 985-446-7214
Man Arrested for suspected counterfeit money use
Thibodaux Police Officers arrested a man at approximately3:15 A.M. on August 16th and charged him for allegedly committing thecrime ofLouisiana revised statutes14.72.2, Monetary Instrument Abuse.Policearrested Alton James Jr., 33 year-old of 126 Locust Street Houma, after he useda suspicious twenty- dollar bill at the Acadia Truck Plaza in Thibodaux, topurchase items from the store.
A cashier at the Plaza alerted a Thibodaux Police Officer,assigned security at the truck center, and advised him that she was inpossession of a twenty dollar bill that did not “feel right” and did notpass the counterfeiting marking pen used at the register.The cashier pointed out the suspect who left the truckplaza and entered the adjoining restaurant.This officer then contacted regular patrol division officers and informedthem of the transaction with the suspected counterfeit money.
Uniformed officers contacted the suspect who identifiedhimself as James.Officers advisedJames of the allegation of the suspected counterfeit money use.James produced, from two different pants pockets, a somewhat large amountof money.The officers examinedthis money and found that a total of $390.00 in United States currency wasremoved from one pocket and $740.00 of suspected counterfeit money was removedfrom the second pants pocket.Thesuspected counterfeit money was in $100.00 and $20.00 bills while the real moneywas in $20’s, $10’s,$5’s and$1’s.
The on scene investigation showed that four of thesuspected $100.00 bills had the following serial number: BB06574213A.Two other $100.00 bills had the serial number CF65772236A.Five of the $20.00 bills had BH66475270A as the serial number while twoother $20.00 bills showed the serial number CJ93441872A on the face.
James was transported to the Thibodaux Police station wherehe was booked for the above-mentioned charge and transported to the LafourcheParish Detention Center where he was later released after posting bond in theamount of twenty-five thousand dollars.
If found guilty of this crime, the person shall be finednot more than one million dollars or not less than five thousand dollars andimprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than ten years but not lessthan six months or both.
The United States Secret Service was contacted and notifiedof this arrest.