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Update: Suspects sought in separate gold and silver scams

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Monique Marie Reyna Monique Marie Reyna
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Update: The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force has secured criminal arrest warrants for a woman accused of selling bogus silver bars to a local business.

Monique Marie Reyna, of Corpus Christi, Texas, faces charges of felony theft by fraud and forgery for selling more than 500 bogus one ounce silver bars last month to a local business for nearly $6,500. Detectives were able to identify Reyna from evidence they obtained in the course of their investigation and are in contact with Texas authorities in an effort to locate her. 

 


 

Original story: The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force and Bossier Crime Stoppers are asking the public for help with finding two suspects who recently sold bogus gold and silver bars to two local businesses.

The suspects are wanted in connection with two separate incidents. The first occurred on June 21, 2013 and involved a woman who sold more than 500 bars of what she claimed were each one ounce of silver. The second incident happened on July 10, 2013 in which a man sold 3 gold bars that he claimed were each 12 ounces of 18 carat gold. In both cases each buyer made initially assessments that indicated the bars were legitimate and made the purchase, nearly $6500 for the silver and $4000 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.

The suspect in the first case was caught on a bank security camera cashing the check that she received for payment. The suspect in the second case was caught on a security camera at the victim's business.

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.

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