BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell announced today that a New Orleans man has been charged with stealing debit card information and committing acts of theft.
Kenyatta L. Packnett, 37, of 3430 Trafalgar Street, was charged on November 5 with one count each of theft in excess of $500, identity theft, bank fraud and forgery, and six counts of unauthorized use of an access card.
According to a news release from Caldwell's office, these charges are the result of an investigation between the Attorney General's Office, U.S. Secret Service, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office and the Gretna Police Department.
Packnett was originally booked in the Huntsville Correctional Center in Texas on unrelated charges. He was transferred to the Jefferson Parish Jail on Thursday, where he is being held on the new charges.
After stealing debit card information from a Lafourche Parish resident in December, 2014, investigators say Packnett made 51 fraudulent charges totaling $4,183.65 at retail stores in Gretna and Chalmette.
Packnett later allegedly tried to return one of the fraudulently purchased items for a refund and provided his driver's license number.
This led investigators to his true identity, which they say matched the description obtained from video surveillance footage.
Packnett was subsequently found to be in possession of several re-encoded cards, with printed number sequences that differed from the sequences encoded on their magnetic strips.
Packnett faces up to ten years in prison for the charges of identity theft, bank fraud and forgery. He faces up to five years in prison for the charge of theft in excess of $500 and six months in prison for each count of unauthorized use of an access card.