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Baton Rouge Fire Department allegedly defrauded in scheme

A fraud charge is often tried at the federal level, and the punishments and sentences can be severe. If you've been charged with a white collar crime in Baton Rouge, you may want to consider seeking representation. These charges could affect your life immediately; media coverage could impact your family and social life; and the charges could lead to problems at work or home.

According to this report from Jan. 31, a man from Denham Springs has been charged with participating in a fraud scheme. The reports claim that the man used an ex-employer to defraud the Baton Rouge Fire Department out of thousands of dollars. The man now faces accusations of felony theft, access device fraud and refund fraud.

The 30-year-old allegedly made unauthorized purchases using the Baton Rouge Fire Department's charge account information while he was working at Car Quest. In the case, it's claimed that the man purchased items at the store using the charge account, then he allegedly returned those items to get cash back, allowing him to make thousands from the transactions.

He has also been accused of making purchases from Best Buy's website with the Car Quest company credit card. These items were then allegedly sent to his home. According to the reports, he would alter the UPC labels and receipts, white out the shipping address and bill the items to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. The fire department allegedly lost an approximate amount of $5,235.41 because of the ongoing fraudulent activity.

Even though this case has received significant media attention, it's important to remember that an arrest does not necessarily mean a defendant is guilty. Proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt falls to the prosecutor. Presenting a strong defense is the best way to seek a positive outcome to the case.

Source: Red Stick Now, "Denham Springs Man Arrested in Fraud Scheme" No author given, Jan. 31, 2014

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