The husband of Metro Councilwoman Ronnie Edwards was arrested earlier this week and is accused of defrauding Regions Bank of more than $100,000.
Oliver Edwards Sr., 60, passed several counterfeit checks, totaling $111,491.44, at different Regions Bank branches throughout the Baton Rouge area last year, State Police spokesman Russell Graham II said in a news release.
Edwards deposited the checks, which inflated his account balance, then withdrew the money before the bank discovered the checks were counterfeit, Graham said in the release.
Regions Bank made several unsuccessful attempts to recoup the money from Edwards, Graham said. The bank then notified State Police.
Troopers launched an investigation into the complaint and arrested Edwards on Tuesday. He was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of bank fraud and felony theft.
Edwards, 8120 Mickens Road, faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000 if found guilty of bank fraud. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000 if convicted of felony theft.
Ronnie Edwards, who represents District 5, said Thursday she sent her fellow council members an email telling them about her husband’s arrest and asking them to pray for her family.
“At this point, I don’t have any details,” she said. “I might have more to say in the future.”
Edwards, who represents District 5, has been married to her husband for 40 years, according to her profile on the city-parish website. The couple has two children.