St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two people on counterfeiting charges.
Creig Jacqueneaux, 45, of Arnaudville, was booked with Monetary Instrument Abuse, Unlawful Production Manufacturing, Distribution and Possession of Fraudulent Documents for Identification purpose, possession of schedule I, II and IV drugs, and possession of drug parahernalia.
Heather Martin, 35, of Opelousas, was cited for Possession of Fraudulent Documents for Identification Purposes.
Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said deputies received a tip last week that Jacquneaux, who was wanted on several warrants, was in a hotel room in Opelousas.
Detectives went to the hotel and found Jacqueneaux in one of the rooms with Martin. They arrested Jacqueneaux on the warrants, and then saw in plain view a laptop computer, a printer, Vitality multipurpose paper (which, deputies say, is used in the process of making fraudulent checks/counterfeiting) and drug paraphernalia.
After seeing that stuff, detectives secured the room and got a warrant. In addition to the items in plain view, detectives found four counterfeit $100 bills, blank white paper containing the markings of a blank check, five altered checks payable to Jacquneaux for various amounts, several schedule I, II, and IV pills, and two small bags of marijuana.
Jacquneaux was also in possession of several fake credit cards containing different names as well as two fake State of Louisiana identification cards and a fake conceal and carry firearm permit. Detectives also allegedly found methamphetamine in a suitcase.
Detectives interviewed Jacquneaux, he allegedly admitted to the possession of the items used to counterfeit monetary instruments. Jacquneaux also allegedly admitted to the counterfeiting of checks and money as well as the State of Louisiana identification cards and the methamphetamine. Jacquneaux allegedly ended his statement by saying he uses the counterfeiting to support his drug habit.
Martin was also interviewed and allegedly admitted to knowing that Jacquneaux would counterfeit items. Martin was allegedly found to be in possession of fake licenses and stated she picked them up off of the hotel floor because she did not want anyone else to use them. Martin also allegedly admitted to knowing Jacquneaux was also making counterfeit money and checks for different people.
Jacquneaux booked into the parish jail and a detainer was placed on him for Lafayette Parish. Martin was issued a misdemeanor citation for unlawful possession of fraudulent documents for identifications purpose.