Three out-of-state men are facing federal charges in Baton Rouge in an ongoing probe into a nationwide scheme involving millions of dollars in counterfeit checks and hundreds of stolen identities, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Friday.
Walter Glenn, 38, of Hartford, Connecticut; Larry Walker, 39, of Orlando, Florida; and Thomas James, 55, of Union, South Carolina, were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Baton Rouge.
The men are accused of using fake identifications and Social Security numbers that belonged to others to cash nearly $2 million in counterfeit checks in more than 800 transactions in several states, including Louisiana.
The alleged fraudulent scheme cost Wal-Mart stores in Louisiana, including Port Allen, and several other states more than $1.2 million, the indictment states.
Green said the case originated with a traffic stop in West Baton Rouge Parish.
Glenn, Walker and James manufactured counterfeit checks from stolen account numbers and then used the personal information of more than 400 victims to make fake IDs, which allowed them to cash the bogus checks, according to the indictment.
The men are charged with conspiracy to make and pass counterfeit checks; production of false identification documents; use of unauthorized access devices; and aggravated identity theft.