A Carencro woman was arrested late Tuesday, accused in a financial scheme that involved more than 300 cases of stolen identity and the theft of more than $2 million.
Brenda Milson Taylor, 64, of 306 Pelican Ridge Cove, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail on counts of racketeering and criminal conspiracy to commit racketeering, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said in a news release.
An alleged co-conspirator, Donald Batiste, of Baton Rouge, was arrested Tuesday. He was accused of using a “credit repair” company “as a front to defraud individuals and businesses nationwide,” the release stated.
Authorities say Taylor used counterfeit bank records in an attempt to receive a $250,000 loan from Batiste’s company by misrepresenting that the loan was for her church. She’s also accused of using a fraudulent social security number to get auto loans for a 2009 Ford Flex and a 2007 Mercedes Benz.
The scheme allegedly involved more than $1 million in auto loans that were funded, the release stated, with another $1.2 million fraudulently received on credit lines, credit cards and cell phone purchases. In addition, stolen security numbers were used for more than $3 million in other loan applications.