Louisiana State Police News Release
Date Posted: 08/01/2007

Unauthorized DPS Letter

Louisiana State Police

July 31, 2007

Unauthorized Letter Improperly Warns of Alleged Wal-Mart Fraud Ring

On Thursday, July 26, 2007, an unauthorized letter was distributed to employees in the Baton Rouge field office of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of Motor Vehicles, concerning an alleged multi-city fraud and theft ring operating at Wal-Mart involving Wal-Mart employees. It was alleged in the letter that the employees of the store would obtain a customer's checking account information, and the information would be used to create fraudulent checks.

This letter was not official or sanctioned in any way by the Department of Public Safety; unfortunately this letter was made public. The Department will be conducting an internal investigation and, at the conclusion of the investigation, will take the appropriate corrective and/or disciplinary action.

Members of the public should not rely on information contained in the letter. As always, consumers are cautioned to take steps to limit disclosure of their personal information and to be aware of their surroundings.

The Department of Public Safety and Corrections regrets any inconvenience to Wal-Mart Corporation, its employees, or members of the public who may have learned of the letter in question.

For more information, contact:

Sgt. Markus L. Smith
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs/Headquarters
(225) 925-6202 office
E-mail Markus.Smith@dps.la.gov