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FRAUD Investigation

HAMMMOND, LA. – (March 31, 2017) – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the following:

On September 2, 2016, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs Office Financial Crimes Unit began their investigation into a compliant of bank fraud. I was reported where a citizen’s routing and account number from their financial institution had been compromised and used to make payments on utility accounts in the Baton Rouge area without their consent. After an extensive investigation, Detective Travis Pitman conducted financial forensics on financial records recovered from the utility company and conducted research on methods of transmission of the stolen financial information.

As a result, 24- year old Baton Rouge resident Jasmine Thompson was identified as a suspect. Detective Pitman obtained an arrest warrant Thompson for L.R.S.14:71.1 Relative to Bank Fraud. Detective Pitman working jointly with the East Baton Rouge Sheriffs Office was able to disseminate information to their investigations unit. On Friday March 24th, 2017, Thompson was located by members of the east Baton Rouge Sheriffs Office and taken into custody. Thompson is currently incarcerated at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail awaiting arraignment on her charges.

Continual inter-agency cooperation between law enforcement jurisdictions has continued to be a success. These partnerships aid in and prevent further crimes from being committed in our communities.