BOSSIER CITY, La. -- Four people are accused of making about $1 million through a money laundering scheme, Bossier City police said Tuesday in announcing the arrests.
The investigation by the Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force began in August when detectives received a complaint of suspicious transactions being made in the Money Center at the Walmart on Airline Drive. Detectives identified multiple suspects and also connected the local crime with other criminal acts in at least two other states.
The scheme involved using online payment services, green dot cards, and money orders to conceal the origin of monies that were obtained illegally, according to the news release.
Three of the suspects were Walmart employees when the crimes occurred. Detectives found evidence that the employees helped four other suspects launder illicit funds in exchange for cash payments, authorities said.
The now former employees -- 43-year-old Tosha Collins, 34-year-old Georgia Robert and 31 year-old Ebonye Wilson, all from Shreveport -- were arrested on warrants for money laundering in late September and early October.
Chukwuma Okoye, 36-years-old, who lists a Dallas address, was arrested on a warrant for money laundering earlier in mid-October. Three other suspects remain at large.