Ruston man now faces 1,400+ charges in vehicle fraud case

Updated: Mar. 19, 2017 at 7:07 PM CDT
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RUSTON, LA (KSLA) - Authorities have filed more than 1,400 charges against a Lincoln Parish man who was arrested 15 months ago for allegedly using fraudulent paperwork to buy nine vehicles.

Jarious Eseiah Bell, 31 of Ruston, now faces 1,389 counts of money laundering, 30 counts of bank fraud, 16 counts of fraudulent acquisition of credit cards and 1 count of computer fraud.

They also have again booked his girlfriend 37-year-old Kretena Monek Hunter, of Ruston, in connection with the case.

She was booked into Lincoln Parish Detention Center at 8:38 p.m. March 14 on two counts of money laundering and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Bell and Hunter both remain in the lockup. Bond has been set at $2 million for him, $500,000 for her.

The two originally were arrested in December 2015 on charges of illegal possession of stolen property.

Troopers with Louisiana State Police's insurance fraud and auto theft made the arrests while investigating a report of a stolen 2015 Chevrolet Camaro the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office recovered in the 100 block of Abbot Street in Ruston.

Further investigation led detectives to think Bell had produced fraudulent paperwork to get loans to buy nine vehicles valued at more than $500,000 at several different locations throughout Louisiana and Arkansas.

Those vehicles included a 2015 Alfa Romeo, a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS, a 2014 Dodge Challenger, a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup, a 2015 GMC Denali, a 2015 Infiniti SUV, a 2015 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, a 2015 Lexus RCF and a 2015 Voltage fifth-wheel travel trailer.

Police alleged that Hunter had three of the stolen vehicles.

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