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Louisiana women face white collar charges

In many situations, white collar criminal investigations can stretch out over weeks and months and in some cases, even longer. An investigation of two women who live about 200 miles due north of Lake Charles began about six months ago, according to news reports.

The pair were at that time both working at a Shreveport bank when the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud and Auto Theft Unit opened an investigation into allegations of forged documents sent to three insurance companies. The women – a 52-year-old from Bossier City and a 39-year-old Shreveport resident – were arrested days ago and charged with identity theft, forgery and computer fraud.

According to a newspaper account, the women sent forged documents to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana, Colonial Life and Mutual of Omaha insurance companies. Investigators claim that the arrests have put a stop to a potential fraud of $600,000 annually.

The suspects worked at Gibsland Bank & Trust, where the older woman was an insurance producer and the younger was her assistant. The 52-year-old is charged with five counts each of forgery, ID theft and computer fraud; the 39-year-old faces single counts on the same charges.

Their bonds were set at $20,000 and $15,000 respectively.

Those facing similar allegations know that if convicted, they could potentially spend years behind bars and be subject to heavy fines and lifelong damage to careers, reputations and more.

If you believe you are under investigation for a white collar crime, speak to an attorney experienced in criminal defense before you talk to an investigator or prosecutor.

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