At approximately 9:30 p.m. Aug. 22, the Natchitoches Police Department responded to the parking lot of Super 1 Foods, located at 5696 Hwy 3110, in reference to a report of someone receiving counterfeit money.
Officers spoke to the complainant who advised that she was communicating with a subject through Facebook to sell an iPad. She met the buyer in the parking lot of Super 1. The subject gave her three $100 bills for the iPad and left. It was later determined the bills were counterfeit.
Officers viewed surveillance footage and were able to obtain the make and model of the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle was located by NPD officers and stopped short time later. The driver, identified as Ladarious Lewis, 27, of Coushatta, was questioned and taken into custody.
During the investigation, officers were able to determine the involvement of Lewis in this case and in a case of counterfeit money reported on Aug. 7. Also a second suspect, identified as Kentrol Jackson, used counterfeit money to purchase an iPhone on Aug. 22.
Lewis was arrested and charged with two counts of monetary instrument abuse and placed in the Natchitoches parish Detention Center.
Jackson was arrested and charged with one count of monetary instrument abuse and placed in the Natchitoches parish Detention Center.