Winnfield suspects arrested for alleged 'holiday scam'

Darwin Durison and Nettie Adams (VPSO)

VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB) - The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office recently arrested two suspects from Winnfield after for an alleged 'holiday scam'.

Complainants told VPSO that Nettie Neal Adams, 32, was entering businesses within Vernon Parish selling raffle tickets. She allegedly claimed that her house burned down on Thanksgiving and her child was burned in the fire, requiring treatment for the injuries. Adams also allegedly indicated that her husband had cancer and was selling tickets for $5.00 each.

Detectives learned that Adams had been arrested on two previous occasions in Winn and Rapides Parishes for theft by fraud, selling similar fake tickets.

It was also discovered that her children were in the care of her mother and that they had not been injured. There was also no fire at the residence and her spouse was not suffering from cancer.

Warrants were issued for Adams, and for Darwin Dewayne Durison. They were found and arrested at Adam's residence in Winnfield. They were transported to the VPSO jail.

Adams has been charged with one count of attempted theft by fraud, one count of criminal conspiracy, and eight counts of theft by fraud.
Bond was set at $8,500.

Durison was charged with one count of criminal conspiracy and eight counts of principal to theft. Bond was set at $5,500.

Both remain in custody at this time.

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