Funny Money Couple Arrested in St. Landry Parish
St Landry Parish Detectives received information Friday that Creig Jacquneaux who is known for counterfeiting money was hiding out at a local motel in Opelousas. Jacquneaux was wanted by Lafayette parish on Felony warrants.
According to the report, detectives verified that Jacquneaux was inside one of the rooms. Detectives made contact with Heather Martin of Opelousas and Jacquneaux where he was placed under arrest on the warrants for Lafayette.
While inside the room, detectives observed a laptop computer, a printer, Vitality multipurpose paper which is used in the process of making fraudulent checks/counterfeiting, and drug paraphernalia.
Observing these items detectives proceeded to secure the room and obtained a search warrant. In addition to the items in plain view, detectives recovered 4 counterfeit-one hundred dollar bills, blank white paper containing the markings of a blank check, 5 altered checks payable to Jacquneaux for various amounts, several schedule I, II, and IV pills, along with two small bags of marijuana.
Jacquneaux was also in possession of several fake credit cards containing different names as well as 2 fake State of Louisiana identification cards, and a fake conceal and carry firearm permit. Detectives also recovered methamphetamine in a suitcase.
During the interview, Jacquneaux admitted to the possession of the items used to counterfeit monetary instruments. Jacquneaux also admitted to the counterfeiting of checks and money as well as the State of Louisiana identification cards and the methamphetamine. Jacquneaux ended his statement by saying he uses the counterfeiting to support his drug habit.
Heather Martin was also interviewed and admitted to knowing that Jacquneaux would counterfeit items. Martin was found to be in possession of fake licenses and stated she picked them up off of the hotel floor because she did not want anyone else to use them. Martin also admitted to knowing Jacquneaux was also making counterfeit money and checks for different people.
Jacquneaux was arrested and booked into the parish jail and a detainer was placed on him for Lafayette Parish. Martin was issued a misdemeanor citation for unlawful possession of fraudulent documents for identifications purpose.
Creig Jacquneaux, age 45 was charged with:
- 1 Count- Monetary Instrument Abuse (Felony)
- 1 Count- Unlawful Production Manufacturing,
- Distribution and Possession of Fraudulent Documents for Identification purpose (Felony)
- 1 Count-Possession of Schedule I (Misdemeanor)
- 1 Count-Possession of Schedule II (Felony)
- 1 Count-Possession of Schedule IV (Felony)
- 1 Count-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
Heather Martin, 35 was charged with:
- 1 Count-Possession of Fraudulent Documents for Identification Purposes (Misdemeanor)