Lake Charles, LA –
On April 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel in Sulphur in reference to a possible credit card fraud.
During the investigation detectives learned someone had been using fraudulent credit cards and identities to book hotel rooms at six different hotels located in Sulphur and Lake Charles. After speaking with hotel personnel and reviewing surveillance footage at the hotels detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Martin F. Gilliard III, 46, 426 Armistead Lane, Lake Charles.
On April 23 CPSO detectives were contacted by personnel at a hotel in Lake Charles in reference to a man who was possibly attempting to pay for a room with a fraudulent card. Hotel personnel told detectives the man was ultimately unable to pay and was removed from the hotel. When detectives arrive they located Gilliard, who attempted to give deputies a false name and presented them with a fraudulent driver’s license. During further investigation Gilliard was found to be in possession of over 20 different credit cards that did not belong to him.
He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 20 counts of identity theft; and resisting an officer by refusal to ID. Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000. Gilliard was also found to have two outstanding warrants for contempt of court for charges of identity theft less than $300; 7 counts of identity theft over $1,000; theft over $25,000; and access device fraud over $1,500.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are likely.
CPSO Detective Joshua Bruns in the lead investigator on this case.