BPD: Woman, wanted for 6 years, was arrested Monday

Published 4:20 am Friday, June 22, 2018

A Baton Rouge woman, who has been sought by the Bogalusa Police Department for six years on theft of identity charges, was apprehended and arrested Monday, according to BPD Maj. Percy Knight.

Knight said that on Monday, the BPD was notified by the Baton Rouge Police Department that they had, in their custody, Pamela Reams, 46, of Baton Rouge, who was wanted in Bogalusa on three active felony warrants for theft of identity.

Knight said that in 2012, the BPD Detective Division was involved in an extensive investigation about identity theft and counterfeiting of checks that involved multiple law enforcement agencies within the state of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas, which involved multiple victims.

The investigation also included the Louisiana State Police and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department, Knight said, adding that three of the victims were from Bogalusa. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that each of the victims in this case had made payments to LSU Hospital system by check, Knight said.

Counterfeit checks were reportedly written on the three victims’ checking accounts in Destin, Fla., Foley, Ala., and Pass Christian, Miss., for a total of $4,637.43. Knight said that after further investigation into the leak of personal and protected information was done, it was determined that Pamela Reams, an employee for the State Hospital’s billing system, was allegedly responsible for obtaining of customers’ personal banking information, and using this information to fabricate checks and identification cards.

Knight said that the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with the Louisiana State Police, identified and arrested three other suspects back in 2012 — Lisa Haynes, Meashune Wilson and Valencia Smith, all of Baton Rouge — that were allegedly also involved with Reams in the passing of the counterfeit checks.

Reams was transported to Bogalusa on Monday, where she was charged and booked on three counts of identity theft. Reams was placed into the Bogalusa City Jail, and then later transported to the Washington Parish Jail in Franklinton.