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NPSO make fraud, forgery arrest

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) NPSO arrest Natchitoches man in connection with forged checks in Natchitoches area.

An investigation by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office has led to the arrest of a Natchitoches man in connection with forged checks in the Natchitoches area according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. On July 8, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies responded to Buddy's Grocery in the 900 block of La. Hwy 504 in the Oak Grove community near Natchitoches in reference to several checks being written on a closed account at the business.

During the investigation, deputies learned that three checks in the amount of $162.19 had been written on a closed account. Jones said deputies reviewed video surveillance at the business, obtaining a suspect and vehicle description of the "person of interest" in the investigation.

NPSO High Tech Crime Unit Detectives said they recalled an investigation, on June 25, while assisting Natchitoches Police in a criminal investigation that involved the suspect and vehicle observed in the video. Detectives continued the investigation, along with the assistance of Natchitoches PD learning that the suspect had two separate driver's licenses in separate names. Detectives learned the suspect had stolen the identity of a person incarcerated in jail.

As a result of the investigation, detectives arrested Ron Cleon Johnson, 43 of the 1400 block of Georgia Ann Street, Natchitoches, La. Johnson was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on July 10, charged with three counts of Forgery, three counts of Theft by Fraud, and one count of Identity Theft. Johnson remains in the Natchitoches Detention Center awaiting bond. Jones said Johnson has prior arrests for Theft by Fraud, Forgery, Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card, and Issuing Worthless Checks.

Detectives say while interviewing Johnson, he stated "It's amazing what information you can get from someone's personal records and other sources". Detectives said they want to remind people to keep confidential records in secure places, such as a personal lockbox, safety deposit box, etc., and out of the hands of potential criminals.

Deputies say the suspect was operating a green Ford Mustang, convertible mostly in the Natchitoches area and if he attempted to pass a check at a local business to contact Detectives Carey Etheredge or Victor Kay of the NPSO HighTech Crime Unit at 318-357-7830 extension # 833.

The investigation is continuing.

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