Three arrested for cashing fraudulent checks

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D. Harris
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Three Shreveport men were arrested by Minden police on several charges including cashing fraudulent checks.

Fredrick Harris, 20, of the 3100 block of Fulton Street in Shreveport, was arrested Thursday, July 2, and charged with three counts of monetary instrument abuse, felony theft, three counts of forgery and criminal conspiracy.

Demartrae T. Harris, 21, of the 3100 block of Fulton Street in Shreveport, was charged with principal to monetary instrument abuse, principal to forgery, principal to theft and criminal conspiracy.

Tommy Lee Beverly Jr., 24, of the 3100 block of Devaughn Street in Shreveport, was charged with monetary instrument abuse, misdemeanor theft, forgery and criminal conspiracy.

Beverly
Beverly

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says two of the three forged and cashed some checks at a local grocery store and a local convenience store. Two checks were cashed at the local grocery store for approximately $1,200, and one was cashed at the convenience store for about $400, he says. A total of $1,500 had been stolen from businesses in Minden by fraudulent means and forged and cashed fraudulent checks.

“(Demartrae) was actually the one driving Fredrick and Tommy around Minden so they could cash the checks,” Cropper said. “He didn’t actually go in and cash the checks, but he was driving them over here to do it, which makes him a principal to the crime. The other two were the ones who actually went in and cashed the checks.”

These incidences happened between the months of May and June, the chief says.

Beverly also admitted to cashing multiple checks in Shreveport and Bossier City. Fredrick Harris, according to reports, admitted to cashing multiple checks throughout northwest Louisiana. Demartrae Harris says he never cashed any fraudulent checks in Minden but had cashed multiple checks in Shreveport and Bossier City.

“All three of them worked together to come over here and cash fraudulent checks,” Cropper said, adding this is why they were charged with criminal conspiracy.

The three were booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

The case is still under investigation, police say.

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