Felon accused in fake payroll check scheme defrauding Shreveport businesses

Felon accused in fake payroll check scheme defrauding Shreveport businesses

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport man with an extensive arrest history and three felony convictions is facing a new laundry list of charges in connection with a scheme that defrauded dozens of local businesses.

Carlos Antonious Spann, 39, has been arrested on two dozen counts of forgery and access device fraud, according to the Caddo Parish District Attorney's office.

Spann was previously convicted on charges of bank fraud, issuing hot checks and unauthorized use of an access card. Now, he is accused of creating fake payroll checks and identification cards and then providing these fake items to individuals who agreed to split the proceeds after the fraudulent checks were cashed.

Authorities say as many as 50 local businesses, usually mom-and-pop stores and community ventures, were victimized, often repeatedly, by these activities.

Spann already faced 45 felony counts detailed on six different docket numbers when the new offenses were discovered.

He was in court last week on another new case before District Judge Katherine Dorroh when Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. sought a bond of $500,000. That request was denied and the bond was set at $25,000. Spann posted the $25,000, but then was arrested on the new charges before he was released.

He is due back in court Wednesday November 2, where prosecutors will seek to have his existing bond revoked or, failing that, to have it increased.

Spann's arrest record at Caddo Correctional Center, where he now resides, is more than a dozen items long with charges dating to March 1996 when he was booked on a charge of theft by access card.

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