Troopers assigned to the Gaming Enforcement Section of the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations were notified last week that unknown individuals were allegedly producing counterfeit video gaming tickets then fraudulently redeeming them at video gaming establishments in Calcasieu Parish. According to the Louisiana State Police, at least eight video gaming establishments have been reportedly victimized resulting in thousands of dollars in losses.
Troopers began investigating the matter and were able to identify and obtain warrants for two of the individuals involved.
On December 30, 2011, troopers arrested 33-year-old Jennifer Stewart and 33-year-old Alisha Baudoin, both of Lake Charles, for theft as well as monetary instrument abuse. According to the LSP, Stewart has an extensive criminal history including previous arrests for fraud, monetary instrument abuse, identify theft, and drug related offenses.
Stewart and Baudion were booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. Bond for Stewart was set at $100,000. Bond for Baudion was set at $35,000.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges and arrests are likely.