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For Immediate Release

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July 16, 2009 Corey Britt, Deputy United States Marshal
Lafayette, Louisiana (337) 262-6792
Home Depot Fraudster Arrested in Houston

Twenty-three year old Arturo Vasquez was arrested this morning by U.S. Marshals in the Harris County Courthouse in Houston, TX. Vasquez was wanted for allegedly stealing (by way of credit card fraud) eight-thousand dollars worth of merchandise from Home Depot in Lafayette; four-thousand dollars from Home Depot in Broussard; and four-thousand dollars from Home Depot in Alexandria. Vasquez is also under investigation for similar crimes in other cities in Louisiana to include Lake Charles and Monroe. The United States Secret Service, in correlation with the Southwest Louisiana Financial Crimes Task Force, is also investigating Vasquez for possible federal violations.

On June 2, 2009 the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force adopted this case from its partners at the Broussard Police Department and Lafayette Police Department. Task Force Officers (TFOs) learned that Vasquez had recently been arrested for similar violations in Harris County, TX and was scheduled to appear in court on those charges today. Task Force Officers with the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force (GCVO) in Houston

The United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana said, “The coordinated effort of all law enforcement to bring dangerous criminals to justice ensures that the streets and neighborhoods of Louisiana are a safer place to raise our children.”

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.

The Western District of Louisiana’s Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from agencies throughout the Western part of Louisiana (Shreveport, Monroe, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Opelousas, and Lafayette). The task force objective is to seek out and arrest federal, state, and local fugitives, mainly those with violent criminal histories to include sex offenders. In 2008, U.S. Marshals task forces arrested more than 73,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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