Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Lumber buyers nailed

Louis Chatman JrTwo Shreveport men, conducting business in Minden, have been arrested for purchasing building materials with a bad check.

Louis Chatman Jr., 40, of the 6600 block of Canal Boulevard and Paul Williamson, Jr., 51, of the 7200 block of Union Avenue, Shreveport, are charged on outstanding warrants for monetary instrument abuse.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said his department was contacted on February 6 by a representative from a local lumber company concerning a check for building materials costing more than $5,000.

"The check came back as forged and was possibly a counterfeit check," Cropper said. "The complaint was turned over to the Detective Division of the police department and an investigation was opened."

By February 21, officers reportedly had enough information to obtain an arrest warrant for Chatman.

"Saturday, February 23, Chatman came to the Minden PD and turned himself in," Cropper said.

Chatman was reportedly arrested by Off. Clint Smith, booked and placed in a holding cell.

"Investigator Keith King, Jr. was notified and came to the police department to question Chatman," said the chief. "Williamson, the second person involved in the purchase of the building materials and passing the counterfeit check, was arrested by the Shreveport Police Department on separate charges. Lt. Dan Weaver and Sgt. King arrested Williamson at the Shreveport City Jail and brought him back to the Minden Police Department."

Both subjects are housed at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center under $25,000 bonds.


Paul Williamson Jr






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