June 28, 2024

New York Man Arrested in St. Tammany for Using Fraudulent Credit Cards – There's a Twist to the Story!

A New York man was arrested this week for using fraudulent credit cards at stores in St. Tammany,
and his believed accomplice was arrested when he used a fake identification while trying to bond him out of jail.

Monday (June 24, 2024), deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Patrol Division were called to a Covington-area store after employees there observed a man matching the description of an individual who had been using fraudulent credit cards at other stores in the region.

Deputies arrested the man after he refused to provide his name, and detectives with the STPSO Financial Crimes Unit were contacted.

Following an investigation, it was learned that 32 year-old Renandson Parfait of New York had used fraudulent cards in at least three stores in the Covington area. He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on the following charges: Access Device Fraud, Bank Fraud (10 counts), Identity Theft, and Unlawful Production, Manufacturing and Distribution of Fraudulent Documents. He was also booked on two counts of Resisting an Officer in connection with his initial encounter with patrol deputies.


His believed accomplice, 40 year-old Alan Artist (AKA Robert Grant) of New York, was also arrested Monday (June 24, 2024) after he attempted to bond Parfait out while using a fake ID. Grant was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on the following charges: Injuring Public Record, Possession of a Fake ID, Obstruction of Justice, and Resisting an Officer

While searching Parfait’s vehicle, STPSO Financial Crimes detectives located more than 70 fraudulent credit cards and various gift cards.

It is believed Parfait has been committing these crimes in several states, and he is wanted in other jurisdictions. This is an ongoing investigation, and additional charges in St. Tammany are possible.

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