Woman attempts to pass fraudulent check

Ruston Police responded to Century Next Bank Monday morning regarding a woman attempting to cash a fraudulent check.

A suspect was detained by officers while the matter was investigated. Bank staff said a woman attempted to cash a check from a local finance company but the name of the payee on the check had been marked out. The check was endorsed “Moon Diva.” The bank said the finance company had been contacted and said the check was not valid.

Upon questioning, the woman said it was her money, but the check had been issued in her father’s name. She said she had won a court case giving everything of her fathers to her. Later she stated the money was given to her by “Joe Biden.” When questioned about the check coming from a finance company, she repeated it was her money. She admitted scratching out the name of the payee on the check.

The woman repeatedly referred to herself as Moon Diva, but a records check confirmed she was Pamela Snowden, 50, of Ruston. When confronted with that name, the woman said Snowden was her nickname and she could not remember the name on her birth certificate.

Snowden was arrested and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for bank fraud and resisting an officer by giving a false name. 

Bail was set at $7,500.

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