Louisiana Library Worker to be Arrested on Fraud, Theft, and Forgery Charges in Baton Rouge

An arrest warrant has been issued for Alison Claire Foster, of Baker, Louisiana, for 174 counts of unauthorized use of an access device card and 94 counts of both forgery and felony theft.  Theft over $500 is a felony in Louisiana.

Foster is the executive assistant to the state librarian.  She allegedly used the Louisiana Library Foundation’s credit card and checking account to steal approximately $109,000 from 2007 through 2011, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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If you are facing theft or fraud charges, contact Baton Rouge Theft Defense Lawyer Carl Barkemeyer to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Source: The Advocate, “State library worker accused of stealing $109,000,” March 29, 2012.


Jefferson Parish Woman Arrested for Theft and Bank Fraud

Donna Burkhamer, of Kenner, Louisiana, was booked in Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, Louisiana on two counts of theft over $1,500, two counts of bank fraud and monetary instrument abuse after she reportedly admitted she knew the check was bogus.

There is a popular fake check scam where victims unknowingly deposit a fake check into their bank accounts and wire a portion of the amount to the sender who has requested banking “help.”  However, Burkhamer allegedly knew the check was bogus and deposited the check worth $13,555.50 into her account.

Burkhamer allegedly opened the account in November and deposited the fake check several days later.  Then, she withdrew $6,700 a few days later. The bank reportedly lost a total of $12,700 in withdrawals as a result.

If you have been charged with theft or fraud in Louisiana, contact Baton Rouge Theft Defense Lawyer Carl Barkemeyer to schedule a free consultation.


Source: The Times-Picayune, “Kenner woman booked with banking bogus $13,555 check,” March 20, 2012.


Two Livingston Parish Men Get Harsh Prison Sentences for Drug Distribution

J’marlo Jonte Lee, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  He was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Lee sold cocaine to a Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputy during an undercover operation.   When Lee was subsequently stopped, he threw cocaine out of the window of the car he was driving.  A hidden camera in the officer’s vehicle recorded the transaction.  At the time of his arrest, Lee was on parole for a 2007 drug-related conviction.

Michael Donahue, also of Denham Springs, pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of crack cocaine.  He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Donahue also had prior drug convictions.  In June, Donahue sold cocaine to an undercover narcotics agent working with the Denham Springs Police Department.

If you have been charged with a drug crime, contact Baton Rouge Drug Defense Lawyer Carl Barkemeyer to discuss your case.


Source: The Advocate, “2 sentenced on drug charges,” March 15, 2012.


Fourth Offense DWI Charge in Louisiana

A LaPlace man named Justin Clement was booked on his fourth DWI in five months after he struck a curb and blew a tire in Metairie, Louisiana. Clement reportedly had a toddler with him in the vehicle.

Clement reportedly had blood-shot eyes, smelled of alcohol and performed poorly on a field sobriety test.  However, Clement’s blood alcohol was .064, under the .08 legal limit.  Blood and urine samples were taken since drug impairment was suspected.

Clement was booked with DWI-fourth offense, child endangerment and driving with a suspended license.

Clement has three previous DWI arrests;  first, in October in Ascension Parish and then, in November and December, both in St. John the Baptist Parish.

If you have been arrested and charged with DWI in Louisiana, contact Baton Rouge DWI Attorney Carl Barkemeyer to discuss your case.


Source: The Times Picayune, “Driver booked with fourth DWI in five months after Metairie crash,” March 6, 2012.


DEA Continues Ban on Synthetic Drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration is extending its ban on five chemicals used to make synthetic drugs such as Spice for another six months.  The drugs are marketed as herbal incense under such names as K2, Blaze, Spice and Red X Dawn and most commonly used by teenagers and young adults.

The DEA says the products are made of plant material coated with chemicals that claim to mimic THC, the key ingredient in marijuana.

The DEA’s emergency action means the chemicals are designated as Schedule 1 substances, the most restrictive category of drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.


If you have been charged with possession or possession with intent to distribute, contact Baton Rouge Drug Charge Lawyer Carl Barkemeyer to discuss your case.


Source: www.cnn.com, Emergency ban extended on chemicals used in drugs that mimic pot, February 29, 2012.