A federal judge has sentenced a 42-year-old Shreveport man to 20 years in prison for his part in a fraudulent check-cashing scheme. Carlos Spann was convicted by a jury of orchestrating a scheme that resulted in the theft of nearly $400,000 using fake ids and fake checks. Spann also has a two-decade long history of committing white collar fraud crimes, including nine prior convictions of offenses such as counterfeiting and credit card fraud. At sentencing, additional evidence was presented of Spann’s attempts to obstruct justice by procuring affidavits containing false statements, tampering with lawfully issued subpoenas, and discussing trial testimony with prospective witnesses.
In this recent case, Spann was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud and two counts of wire fraud following a four-day trial in February. US Secret Service, Shreveport Police Department, and Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant US Attorney Tiffany E. Fields and First Assistant US Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook prosecuted the case.
Evidence admitted at trial showed that Spann, Phelix K. Williams, 29, Anthony E. Johnson, 24, both of Shreveport, and others, conspired to cash counterfeit checks using fraudulent identities at banks and retail establishments throughout Louisiana. Spann provided… KATC3 News