On September 7, 2012 the Ville Platte Police Department received a complaint regarding counterfeit bills being used at a local business. Upon investigation it was learned that a female was using two juveniles to go into a local business with the counterfeit one hundred dollar bills and exchange it for change with a cashier that was also aware that the money was counterfeit and participated in exchanging the counterfeit money for real money.
Ethel Lashonda Tezeno Williams 31, of 123 Peak Run, Youngsville was arrested and charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, monetary instrument abuse and theft. Tezeno was arrested in Youngsville without incident and booked into the Ville Platte City Jail where she remains incarcerated on two bonds totaling $20,000.00 set by Judge John Larry Vidrine.
Lacrease Carter Arvie 20, of 706 Harvey Lebas Dr. Ville Platte was arrested and charged with monetary instrument abuse and theft and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Arvie was arrested and booked into the Ville Platte City Jail where she remains has since bonded out on a $10,000.00 bond set by Judge John Larry Vidrine.
Chief Lartigue reminds everyone to be careful and make sure to check the bills before accepting them. If you think you have a counterfeit bill please contact the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.