Using counterfeit $100 bill to pay rent leads to a number of charges for local man

The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force arrested a Caddo Parish man for passing counterfeit money to pay his rent. But an investigation revealed additional legal issues for the subject.

Detectives say Ontario Samuels was arrested after using a counterfeit $100 bill to pay his rent at a Bossier City apartment. He was charged with one count of misuse of monetary instruments.

When Samuels was asked about the bill, he told detectives “he got the money while working as a local taxi driver.” Further investigation into Samuels’ criminal history revealed that he was convicted of sexual assault in 2012 in Caldwell Parish and was a registered Level II sex offender.

Detectives say Samuels is registered in Caddo Parish, but after moving to Bossier City, he did not report his new address to local law enforcement as required by law.

The Employment Ban for Certain Sex Offenders, part of the Justin Bloxom Act of 2010, prohibits Samuels from working as a taxi driver as a registered sex offender. As a result, detectives added two more charges against Samuels; one count of failure to register as a sex offender and one count of employment disqualification for certain sex offenders.

Samuels was booked into Bossier’s maximum security facility with bail set at $10,000 for the misuse of monetary instruments charge. Bond on his new charges has yet to be set by a judge.

Today, 471 registered sex offenders in Bossier Parish are monitored by the Sex Offender Registry, Tracking and Enforcement Coordinator. The Sex Offender Registry is based at Arthur Ray Teague Substation and receives information on non-compliance issues with sex offenders from the parish on a daily basis.

Advice on compliance issues is reviewed by the coordinator, who considers all of them. The SORTE Coordinator can be contacted at 318-549-4904 or through the Bossier Sheriff’s Office website.

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