State Police urges public to check credit and report suspicious activity

Chanel P. Gray (Source: Louisiana State Police)
Chanel P. Gray (Source: Louisiana State Police)

WEST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - After an investigation by the Louisiana State Police, authorities are urging the public to check their credit report and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

State Police and the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a woman for credit card thefts and theft of mail that happened in West Feliciana Parish.

Last year, an individual learned that her identity had been stolen and the person behind it used the victim's former W. Feliciana address.

The victim told detectives that she did not live in Louisiana when the fraudulent purchases were made. She explained that she believed someone had obtained her information from mail that may have still been delivered to her previous address in W. Feliciana Parish.

During the investigation, detectives located and arrested Chanel P. Gray, 30, of Jackson, LA. She was charged with unauthorized use of an access card as theft, and several counts of theft of mail.

When detectives found Gray, they also found numerous pieces of mail that were addressed to individuals who reside in W. Feliciana Parish. Detectives suspected Gray of stealing mail from numerous mailboxes throughout W. Feliciana Parish and using the information obtained in the mailboxes to open fraudulent credit card accounts.

Investigators suspect that there may be more victims who are not aware that their credit has been compromised. The public is urged to check their credit and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Investigators also suspect that Gray was not acting alone and are asking anyone with additional information to please contact the W. Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office (225-784-3136), Louisiana State Police Detectives (225-925-7282), or their local law enforcement agency.

Detectives will follow all leads in an effort to identify possible victims of identity theft and to bring this case to a close.

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