The Natchitoches Police Department’s High Tech Crime Unit conducted a month long investigation in reference to multiple complaints that were filed by various banking institutions in which the banks alleged that multiple subjects were cashing fraudulent checks or checks from closed accounts. Approximately, fifteen (15) fraudulent checks were detected by the banks involved, totaling, approximately four thousand eighty-one dollars and sixty-two cents ($4,081.62).
The banks involved were able to supply investigators with additional details which led to the identification and arrest two suspects, Michal Mayfield and Latasha Moffett. Investigators then obtained and executed a search warrant upon the residence of Mayfield and Moffett which resulted in the location of identical checks used in the perpetration of the crimes reported along with multiple credit/debit cards and check books. All of the items located were seized and held as evidence in regards to the investigation.
On May 11, 2015 Michael Mayfield, age 41, of 829 Fifth St., was arrested on six (6) counts of Bank Fraud and later transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he awaits a bond. In addition, Latasha Moffett, age 33, of 1405 Amelia St., was arrested on nine (9) counts of Bank Fraud and also transported to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and where she was issued a forty-five thousand dollar ($45,000.00) Bond.
The Natchitoches Police Department’s High Tech Crime Unit advised that the investigation into these reported crimes are continuing and investigators state that additional arrest(s) may be forthcoming. If anyone has information in reference to in reference to these incidents please contact Detective Victory Pinkney of the Natchitoches Police Department’ High Tech Crime Unit at (318) 357-3817 or you may contact the Natchitoches Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (318) 352-5609. All calls shall be kept confidential.
The Natchitoches Police Department would like to thank the staff of Sabine State Bank and LA Capitol Federal Credit Union for their cooperation with investigators.