Here's another counterfeit money story in the Lake Area, so be on the lookout.

A Lake Charles man was arrested for using counterfeit money that read “Motion Picture Use Not Legal Tender" to purchase a cell phone after several complaints came to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives on March 7, 2018, and March 8, 2018.

26-year-old Jacob P. Perry of Moss Bluff was arrested on March 15 at his residence. He's also charged with identity theft after he stole a family member's cell phone, and used their personal information on PayPal to order the movie money.

During the investigation it was discovered Perry made arrangements to meet the victim to buy a cell phone and exchanged a counterfeit $100 bill, labeled “Motion Picture Use Not Legal Tender,” for the phone. The victim was able to meet with Perry and obtain her phone back.

On March 9 CPSO detectives received two more complaints on Perry in reference to identity theft and theft.

During these investigations detectives learned Perry stole a family member’s cell phone, worth approximately $800, and used her personal information on PayPal to order more counterfeit money, also labeled “Motion Picture Use Not Legal Tender.” The victim learned of the order through a confirmation email and was able to stop the transaction before the payment processed. It was also discovered another victim had their personal information stored on the stolen phone through Amazon. Perry used the victim’s Amazon account and ordered $360 worth of gift cards at various locations. The victim learned of the transactions and was able to cancel some of them. - CPSO

After a warrant was obtained for his arrest, Perry was located, arrested, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on the charges of monetary instrument abuse; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of identity theft. His bond is $45,000.

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