BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Carencro woman was the second person arrested in connection with a nation-wide financial fraud scheme that stole more than 300 identities and $5 million, according to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office.
Brenda Milson Taylor, 64, was arrested late Tuesday and charged with racketeering and criminal conspiracy to commit racketeering.
Taylor is accused of working with Donald Batiste, of Baton Rouge, who allegedly defrauded people and businesses across the country with his "credit repair" company. The scheme affected hundreds along with car dealerships and financial institutions.
According to the AG's office, more than 50 vehicles were bought with car loans worth more than $1 million. Many of the stolen Social Security numbers (SSN) belong to children and were used in online credit applications for pre-approved car loans worth more than $3 million. More than $1.2 million was used for other services, including clothing and jewelry store credit, cell phones purchases, and credit cards from different banks
Taylor allegedly got car loans for a 2009 Ford Flex and a 2007 Mercedes Benz using a fraudulent SSN. She is also accused of conspiring with forgers to create fake bank records in an attempt to get a $250,000 loan that Taylor claimed would be used by her church.
Taylor was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. If convicted, she faces up to 75 years in prison.