Later that same day that Ramos was released, the bank notified the Sheriff’s Office that the cashier’s check was a fake. While the check appeared valid and authentic at first look, with what appeared to be a correct insignia and printed on check stock, both the depositing bank and the bank that allegedly issued the check verified that it was a completely forged monetary instrument. When this was discovered, the case was turned over to Sheriff’s detectives to initiate their investigation. After their investigation, warrants were obtained for Ramos’ arrest and on June 28th, he was located at a residence in Pineville and taken into custody without incident by members of the US Marshals Violent Offender Task Force. While executing a search warrant at the residence, a computer was seized from a hidden room in the house. Information obtained from that computer showed that Ramos was altering motor vehicle Insurance Identification Cards to make it appear as if his vehicles had current, valid insurance. Detectives also found multiple check creating and printing software on the computer and numerous attempts to design and create fraudulent checks. The personal information of two other individuals was also discovered on the computer and when interviewed by detectives, those individuals said they did not know Ramos nor did they willingly give their information to him. Both of the individuals reported that attempts to open multiple credit card accounts were made during the time Ramos was in possession of their information. Ramos was booked on one count Monetary Instrument Abuse, Theft $750-$5,000, two counts Theft <$750 and Criminal Conspiracy from the original investigation.
As their investigation broadened, detectives determined Ramos was also using the computer to design and create documents depicting several Louisiana Identification cards and at least one Louisiana Driver’s License with fraudulent information. Ramos has remained in jail since June 28th and as their investigation continued, detectives obtained more warrants on Ramos for various other charges. Ramos was re-booked on these new charges on August 7th and remains in jail on a $69,000.00 bond.
Detectives say their investigation is still ongoing and more charges are possible.
“This was a very complicated case that had several parts to it, all starting with the Sheriff’s office being a victim” said Sheriff William Earl Hilton. “I would like to commend our detectives and the hard work they put into this case. This was a lengthy investigation and each thread lead to something else and that is where following those leads, wherever they take us, really pays off.”
New measures on accepting inmate fund payments have since been implemented so this may be prevented in the future.
Arrestee: Craig Allen Ramos, 24, Pineville, LA
Charges: 1 count Monetary Instrument Abuse
2 counts Theft <$750
6 counts Forgery of a Certificate of Insurance or Insurance Identification Card
42 counts Monetary Instrument Abuse
5 counts Fraudulent Acquisition of a Credit Card (Attempted)
2 counts Identity Theft
5 counts Unlawful Production, Manufacturing, Distribution, or Possession of Fraudulent Documents for Identification Purposes