DERIDDER — At about 9 p.m. on Dec, 28, the DeRidder Police department received a call from a local business in reference to counterfeit money.
DERIDDER — At about 9 p.m. on Dec, 28, the DeRidder Police department received a call from a local business in reference to counterfeit money. Officers were advised that a subject used counterfeit $100 bills around 7 p.m. that same day to obtain three prepaid Visa debit cards in the amount of $1,500.
Video evidence was obtained of the suspect, who was later identified as a 16-year-old juvenile.
On the morning of Dec. 29, a DeRidder City worker located a box containing a large amount of $100 bills, totaling about 4,000, in a park trash can. The money was turned over to DeRidder investigators, who found that the box of money matched the money used at a local business.
During the investigation, officers were able to identify 24-year-old Deldrick S. Fowler, of Leesville, as the person printing counterfeit money.
A search of a Fowler’s vehicle and a DeRidder residence yielded evidence of printing counterfeit money as well as the original $100 bill used to make money.
In addition to the money, detectives found a printer, fraudulent payroll checks and blank checks for various businesses in southwest Louisiana. The investigation is ongoing and encompasses multiple law enforcement agencies.
Fowler was booked into the BPSO jail on charges of monetary instrument abuse, criminal conspiracy to commit monetary instrument abuse, and theft by fraud. Total bond has been set at $405,000. The 16 year old juvenile was also booked and released to family.
Anyone who has been victimized by counterfeit money or has information on Fowler’s activities is asked to contact the DeRidder police department at 462-8911. Investigating officers were Cpl. Samantha Warren, detectives James Halbert, Vinita Dewaine and Darren Hall.