Monroe woman arrested for fraud in Webster Parish

Minden, LA(KSLA) -Webster Parish Sheriff's investigators following up on complaints of unauthorized credit card purchases closed a two month long investigation Friday with the arrest of a Monroe resident.

Lelia S. Morgan, 36, of Keystone Road in Monroe was taken into custody Friday on five charges of access device fraud.

Arresting Sheriff's investigator Sgt. Scott Tucker said the arrest stemmed from warrants that he obtained during the investigation the Sheriff's Department launched in response to complaints made by patrons of a local retail establishment.

"We received reports from numbers of victims reporting unusual charges made to their credit card accounts," said Tucker.  "The common thread was a Minden-based establishment.  These victims had all made purchases with their credit cards at this business."

Morgan, who was employed at the local business during the time the credit card numbers were being unlawfully used, was interviewed by Sheriff's investigators who say she admitted to her involvement in the crimes.

"Not only did she confess to stealing the credit card numbers from customers of this store to make numerous small purchases; but she also admitted to using a stolen credit card number to make a much larger purchase against a fifth victim," said Tucker.

According to police, Morgan, who was not employed at the time of arrest, illegally charged more than $1,500.00 to various stolen credit card accounts.

Morgan was transported and booked into Webster's Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on bond amounts totaling $20,000.00.  An additional bond amount has not yet been set on the fifth felony charge.