New details in worthless checks case

VERNON PARISH -- More details are emerging in a case of a woman accused of issuing over 20 worthless checks in Vernon Parish.

According to a news release from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, the woman previously identified as Karen Lafleur, 52, of Oakdale, was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center under the name of Karen Susan Peters Slayter.

According to the VPSO, the department was notified by an ex-family member shortly after her arrest that Slayter had fraudulently applied for and received a driver's license, Social Security card and birth certificate under the name Karen Lafleur.

Authorities say further investigation revealed that Slayter had, in fact, used up to 15 different identities, including the identity of the person who contacted the VPSO.

Through the use of the AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System), the suspect has been identified as Karen Peters Slayter and will be re-processed through the VPSO jail accordingly.

Through further investigation, it was determined that the mugshot previously released is in fact a photograph of a victim of identity theft and this victim was in no way affiliated with the crimes allegedly committed by Karen Peters Slayter.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’'s Office, along with the Louisiana State Police, is currently assisting the victim in correcting the information so that the victim’'s photograph is no longer connected with the suspect.
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