On March 30, 2021, while executing a search warrant at a Slidell-area residence as part of a separate investigation, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office patrol deputies located $22,613 in counterfeit currency inside the home. The discovery led to the arrest of five individuals in connection with the manufacturing of counterfeit money.
An investigation into the source of the fake money, led STPSO detectives to two of the home’s residents, Lynn Pommier (age 47) and Monteia Dumas (age 28). They were charged with Criminal Conspiracy and 609 counts of Monetary Instrument Abuse.
Detectives also learned that another roommate, Dustin Lacina (age 25) and a former roommate, Kristy Severio (age 29), were involved in the manufacturing process and they were charged with Criminal Conspiracy and Principal to 609 Counts of Monetary Instrument Abuse.
Further investigation led to the arrest of Kenyatta Meads (age 46), also on the charges of Criminal Conspiracy and Principal to 609 Counts of Monetary Instrument Abuse. Upon his arrest, Meads was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, and he was additionally charged with Possession of a Schedule II CDS.
All five remain in jail with bond set for Pommier at $255,000, Dumas at $120,000, Lacina at $230,250, Severio at $350,000, and Meads at $200,000.
“I’m pleased with the efforts of my deputies to expand this case and ultimately arrest these criminals who mistakenly believed they had a place in our community,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.