BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force and Bossier Crime Stoppers have identified one of two suspects they are seeking in connection with the alleged sale of bogus gold and silver bars to two local businesses.
Police had been looking for the suspects in two separate incidents. The first occurred on June 21 and involved a woman who sold more than 500 bars of what she claimed were each one ounce of silver to a local business for nearly $6,500. Police say the suspect in the first case was caught on a bank security camera cashing the check that she received for payment.
Police say the woman was caught on a bank security camera cashing the check that she received for payment.
On Thursday, police said they were able to identify that woman as Monique Marie Reyna of Corpus Christi, Texas from evidence they obtained in the course of the investigation and are in contact with Texas authorities in an effort to locate her. She faces charges of felony theft by fraud.
Police are still searching for the man who sold three bogus 12-ounce gold bars to a Bossier City business for $4,000 on July 10. His image was captured on a security camera at the business.
In both cases, police say each buyer made initial assessments that indicated the bars were legitimate and made the purchase, nearly $6,500 for the silver and $4,000 for the gold. However subsequent inspections found the bars contained mostly other metals including zinc and copper.
Investigators say there's nothing at this point to indicate that the incidents are connected.
Anyone who can help police locate either suspect is asked to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at (318) 424-4100. Callers to Crime Stoppers are reminded they may remain totally anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.
The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force is composed of white collar crime investigators with the Bossier City Police Department and Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office.
Bossier City Chief of Police Shane McWilliams and Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington formed the task force by combining resources from both agencies to combat crimes such as identity theft, fraud and embezzlement with the city and parish.