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Deputies: Lockport man found printing fake money

Source: Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office Source: Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office
Jacob Chouest, 21 (Source: Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office) Jacob Chouest, 21 (Source: Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office)
LOCKPORT, LA (WVUE) -

Lafourche Parish deputies arrested Jacob Chouest, 21, of Lockport, for allegedly printing counterfeit bills and other charges.

Agents with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force said they had been investigating the use of counterfeit bills throughout the area. They developed Chouest as a suspect through the investigation and obtained a search warrant for his home.

Agents said on Thursday evening they executed the search warrant and found several printers and various items commonly used in the printing of counterfeit money. They also found several copies of $20 bills, including some which had not yet been cut into individual bills.

Agents said they also discovered drug paraphernalia and a shotgun with obliterated serial numbers.

Deputies said Chouest was arrested and booked with two counts of monetary instrument abuse, possession of firearms with obliterated number, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with aggravated assault after deputies said they learned he allegedly pointed the shotgun at another man during a verbal altercation earlier that day. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. His bond is set at $12,300.

Investigators said some of the counterfeit bills match serial numbers of other counterfeit bills in active cases where fake bills were used at local businesses. Investigators are currently following up on those cases, and other arrests could be made.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says employers should ensure anyone handling cash at a business is trained in proper procedures for identifying counterfeit bills and reporting them. In the absence of such procedures, Webre has issued these guidelines to consider as a best practice:

  1. Always use a counterfeit detector pen immediately at the point of sale/transaction. Even if the bill appears to have passed a previous test, it’s always best to use the pen anyway. Counterfeiters often simulate the mark of a counterfeit detector pen as another way of disguising a fake bill. A bill should be checked immediately upon being presented instead of waiting until the end of a shift to check all bills. It’s always best for an investigation to begin as soon as possible after any crime has occurred, including the use of counterfeit bills.
  2. Examine the bill in a well-lit area. Counterfeit bills look very real in low light, but may appear much brighter or darker in color when viewed in a well-lit area. Check for any manipulations in the paper, such as white dots, especially on the back side of the bill. Also, the texture of a counterfeit bill will usually feel very different from a genuine one.
  3. If a counterfeit bill is discovered, return it to the customer and call the Sheriff’s Office. Businesses should develop a policy to deal with the receipt of counterfeit bills, but in the absence of such a policy, employees should return the bill to the customer and inform them it is a fake bill. The employee should then inform the customer that they are calling the Sheriff’s Office to investigate the bill and ask the customer to stay and cooperate with the investigation.

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