Duo charged with passing fake checks in Bastrop, Monroe
A suspect in a fake check cashing scheme in Monroe is also facing charges in Morehouse.
Two men were taken into custody by officers with the Monroe Police Department on Monday after a bulletin was issued by the Bastrop Police Department for a vehicle the pair was traveling in.
According to an arrest report filed for Paul Murphy, age 58, Hart Street, an officer heard the alert and connected it to a Monroe investigation for fake checks.
At the end of March, Murphy allegedly obtained two fake generated payroll checks displaying the names of local construction companies. The checks were written out to Murphy and were cashed at Monroe Bank for values totaling $4,681.
In mid-March three fake checks featuring the name of a third construction company were cashed at another local bank. These totaled $6,000 in value.
The alert from Bastrop mentioned a Nissan Sentra, a car captured in surveillance footage at the bank. In the clips, Murphy could be seen entering the vehicle. The car was stopped on Sterlington Road, and a check for $2,773 was discovered in the door pocket.
According to the report, Murphy admitted to cashing the checks and said he received them from Jamal Dial, age 25. He said Dial drove him to the bank, and he would give the money to Dial but keep $200 for himself as payment.
Murphy said the pair cashed about 40 checks within the past two weeks.
Dial refused to answer any questions from law enforcement.
According to a Facebook post from the Bastrop Police Department, Murphy attempted to pass a forged check at a bank on East Madison Avenue on Monday.
The BPD has obtained an outstanding warrant through 4th Judicial District Court for one count of bank fraud in regards to this incident.
"I also commend Capt. Gerald Boley and Sgt. Richard Pace for their effort and hard work," Chief Allen Campbell said.
In Ouachita Parish, Dial is facing five counts of forgery, three counts of criminal conspiracy, bank fraud, operating a vehicle while license is suspended and illegal possession of stolen things.
Bail on current charges is $182,500, and the suspect remains in custody.
Murphy is accused of five counts of forgery, three counts of criminal conspiracy, one count of bank fraud, prohibited acts, possession of a schedule I controlled dangerous substance and possession of a schedule Ii controlled dangerous substance.
Bail on current charges is set at $189,000, and the suspect remains in custody.
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