Money is something that we need. While it isn’t always something we need a lot of, the reality is that we need money to pay for our basic needs and to survive. However, when the way that a person obtains their finances is not through legal channels, this could present issues. In fact, if a person is accused of fraud, he or she could face serious criminal penalties.

This is what is happening with two Louisiana women. According to recent reports, the two women, ages 28 and 23, were arrested for going door-to-door in Tangiphoa Parish. Allegedly, the women were fraudulently collecting money for a sick girl. Law enforcement that arrested them stated that they both are supposedly addicted to heroin.

The arrest occurred after the women were captured on home surveillance videos. The Financial Crimes Unit at the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office had been following the two women that claimed that they were members of the Trinity Baptist Church in Pumpkin Center. They further claimed that they were going around collecting money for a young girl suffering from Leukemia. Authorities arrested the women for charges of theft by fraud in the amount of $900.

When facing fraud allegations, it is important to take these matters seriously. This means understanding the charges fully, exploring possible defense options and initiating a defense action. While this is a overwhelming time, it is important to protect your rights so you have a chance to reduce or dismiss the charges against you, helping you avoid harsh penalties.