Gonzales Police arrest three in check cashing sting

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Gonzales  – The City of Gonzales Police department was contacted by Walmart on Airline Hwy. within the city limits in reference to one fraudulent United States Treasury check being cashed and the attempt made to cash another at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3.

Upon arriving at Walmart, it was found that the suspects, two black males, had left the premises and been picked up in a teal Pontiac Grand Prix by a black female with Alabama tags, 2AP8762. When the tags were run it was found the vehicle was unregistered.

The vehicle was located and stopped a short distance away from Walmart by Detective Sergeant Steven Nethken and Sgt. Kenneth Stell.

All passengers in the vehicle were escorted back to Walmart for further identification purposes. Upon identification and investigation, it was found that a check for $3,490.00 had been cashed. $1,000 was found in the front left pants pocket Terrell Marshea Johnson, 28, of 3416 Chicot Street, Pascagoula, Mississippi, $1,200 was found under the driver’s side back seat, and $1,200 was taken out of the bra of Whitney L. Duffy, 23, of 636 N. Ridgeway Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, by herself and handed to Sergeant Stell.

The three suspects were arrested and transported to the Gonzales Police Department for processing before being taken to the Ascension Parish Jail in Donaldsonville.

Sewell, Johnson and Duffy have been charged with two counts each of Monetary Instrument Abuse, one count each of Attempted Felony Theft between $750 and $5,000 and one count each of Felony Theft between $750 and $5,000.

Bonds have not been set at this time.