Police find guns, drugs, cash in home
Bridge City — The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Bridge City couple Tuesday after detectives said they found nearly 60 ounces of marijuana, dozens of oxycodone pills and several guns at their home.
Linda Turner, 47, and Todd Stephen, 36, were arrested after detectives discovered what appeared to be a narcotics distribution hub at their home in the 100 block of 12th Street, according to an arrest report.
Turner was booked with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance with intent to distribute, three counts of possession of a firearm and a controlled substance and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.
Stephen was booked with three counts of possession of a firearm and controlled substance and possession of a Schedule I substance with intent to distribute.
The report said that detectives found more than 1,600 grams of marijuana while executing a search warrant, 57 oxycodone pills and $5,500 in cash. They also discovered plastic bags and digital scales in the home.
Two men accused of robbing camp
Myrtle Grove —Two men accused of robbing a Myrtle Grove hunting camp of equipment and tolls were arrested by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.
Investigators arrested Daniel Jeanfreau, 19, of Port Sulphur, and Dean Gould, 20, of Belle Chasse after identifying them as suspects in the theft of duck decoys, nets, boots and a saw from an isolated hunting camp. Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a sheriff’s spokesman, said detectives managed to recover some of the stolen property near Jeanfreau’s home.
Both men are being investigated for another burglary of a hunting camp in that area.
Covington man admits to bilking BP
New Orleans —A Covington businessman told a federal judge that he bilked BP out of hundreds of thousands of dollars following the Deepwater Horizon oil leak and tried to steal millions from the company.
Bay Ingram, 50, is facing five years in prison at his sentencing in February after he admitted to wire fraud in federal court Thursday, according to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s Office. Ingram, who owned Southeast Recovery Group, tried to use fraudulent invoices to get payments from the oil giant in April 2010.
A news release says Ingram was hired to provide a helicopter and helipads to the oil company to be used by the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office and the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Ingram was just the “middleman” in the deal, which was paid for entirely by BP.
Court documents show that Ingram agreed to use the helicopter through November 2010 despite only having a contract with BP through June of that year.
He then tried to convince BP to pay him $1.4 million by providing the company with fake flight logs and forged contracts. Prosecutors also say that Ingram bilked suppliers and created fake emails to hide his scheme.
He is on the hook for more than $460,000 in restitution to various companies.
Man admits to Social Security fraud
New Orleans — Norman Toups Jr., 63, admitted to a federal judge that he lied about his net worth and a disability in order to get benefits from the Social Security Administration.
Toups pleaded guilty Thursday to misuse of government funds and faces a maximum of up to 10 years in prison at a March 6 sentencing hearing.
According to the indictment, Toups told the Social Security Administration that he could no longer work as a security guard because of severe leg pain. However, he also claimed to be destitute, despite owning valuable property in New Orleans.
The indictment says Toups received more than $50,000 in fraudulent payments, which he will have to repay.
Immigrant tried to ship gun back home
New Orleans — An illegal Nicaraguan immigrant was sentenced to slightly more than a year in prison Wednesday after she admitted to trying to ship a gun back to her home country without proper notification.
Alexy Laguna-Moran, 38, admitted in September to trying to ship a .38-caliber revolver from Kenner to Nicaragua. However, she failed to report to the shipping company that her package contained a weapon, which is illegal. Laguna was in the country illegally at the time of the incident.
Mandeville mangets 41 months
New Orleans — A Mandevilleaccountant who stole more than $1 million from a collection of north shore businesses was sentenced to 41 months in a federal prison Wednesday.
Anthony Tulli, 61, who owned the accounting firm “Two Dagos in Heat,” was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr. after pleading guilty more than a year ago. Tulli, who was a certified public accountant, admitted to stealing from several clients while pretending to file their taxes or handle their payroll operations.
According to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s Office, Tulli stole $40,000 from a salon that was supposed to be tax payment. He stole $170,000 from an oil field consulting firm by lying about mandatory payroll tax payments. And he stole $800,000 from a scrap metal business that was supposed to be paid in federal taxes.
Police search for home burglar
New Orleans — Police are searching for a man whom a burglary victim found rooting through his bedroom closet Nov. 22.
The incident happened in the 1000 block of St. Ferdinand Street about 8:45 p.m., according to New Orleans police. The victim heard noises in his home and found the burglar in a bedroom going through a closet.
The man then ran toward the victim and threatened to kill him if he didn’t turn over money. Police said the burglar fled the home with stolen property.
The man is described as black in his 30s, about 175 to 200 pounds, fair-skinned and wearing a green T-shirt and dark pants.