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Texas man faces more than 200 forgery, fraud charges after I-10 traffic stop

Source: Louisiana State Police Source: Louisiana State Police
Eric West (Source: Louisiana State Police) Eric West (Source: Louisiana State Police)

A West Baton Rouge Parish traffic stop led to a Texas man facing more than 200 counts related to identity theft after Louisiana State Police found hundreds of different identifications.

According to LSP, 45-year-old Eric West, of Houston, was stopped by Troopers on I-10 near LA 415 around 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 while driving a stolen Nissan Altima. 

Troopers had to taze West to take him into custody after he tried to resist being brought into custody and escape on foot. 

State Police said during a search of the stolen vehicle, troopers said they found about 70 credit cards, 46 driver's licenses, 27 Social Security cards, 81 Texas temporary driver's permits, 32 personal checks, and 82 other identification cards that ranged from work ID’s to casino cards. 

According to LSP, the items all had different identities on them. 

West also allegedly had credit card scanners, several printers, watermark decals, and an embossing machine in the car. 

According to State Police, West also has an active warrant for fraud and tampering with government records from the Texas Department of Parole. The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and the United States Secret Service assisted the investigation. 

West was booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail on 127 counts of forgery, 70 counts of access device fraud, 13 counts of identity theft, 8 counts of access device fraud equipment, 3 counts of bank fraud, possession of a stolen vehicle, computer fraud, and resisting arrest. 

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