New Orleans Man Sentenced on Bank Fraud Charge

          On February 15, 2017, Frank Nelson of 7543 Tricia Ct. New Orleans, LA., age 60, pled guilty to Bank Fraud. Nelson was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phil Maples, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert.  

          On June 3, 2015, deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a Prairieville bank regarding the cashing of a fraudulent check. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with an employee who advised that on May 5, 2015, a black male subject entered the bank and cashed a check in an amount exceeding $2,000.00. The check appeared to be issued by a Baton Rouge business to a subject by the name of Frank Nelson. It was later determined that the checks were “homemade”. Investigators viewed surveillance video and were able to positively identify the individual cashing the check as Frank Nelson. An arrest warrant was issued for Nelson, and he was subsequently arrested on May 17, 2016. Nelson was transported to the Ascension Parish Jail where he was booked accordingly. 

          Per Judge Kliebert, sentencing was deferred pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation.  

          On May 22, 2017, Nelson appeared in court for sentencing. Judge Kliebert ordered that Nelson be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a period of 5 years at hard labor with credit for time served. Nelson was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim in the amount of $2,761. 92.