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ULPD arrests man accused of altering, cashing money orders

Posted at 2:27 PM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 15:27:08-04

A man was arrested by the UL Lafayette Police Department after he allegedly purchased money orders and then changed the amount on at least one of those orders before cashing it.

According to an inspector with the U.S. Postal Service, at least one money order was altered and cashed for a larger amount of money. The postal service notified the Lafayette Police Department who then notified ULPD of the incident.

UL Police say they were obtaining surveillance video of the suspect when a clerk notified officers that the man, identified as 31-year-old Nicholas McCullen, was in the post office.

Police say when they approached McCullen outside of the post office for questioning, he ran away. Following a brief chase, officers apprehended McCullen and arrested him.

McCullen was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center and is facing several charges including resisting an officer; misrepresentation during booking; unlawful possession of fraudulent documents for identification purposes; possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone and possession of schedule III narcotics.