WFPD Financial Crimes Unit investigates Money Laundering

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Beginning in August 2012 the Financial Crimes Unit undertook what would become an ongoing joint investigation with Health and Human Services.  The investigation centered on Lonestar card fraud involving several local businesses.  During the course of the investigation Det. Kelly Brunson received information that Anil Parikh had knowledge of a felony amount of Lonestar Card Fraud that had been committed by his local business.  Parikh facilitated an operation that allowed the fraudulent purchase of alcohol, cigarettes, synthetic marijuana as well as cash back transactions all using Lonestar cards.  The investigation has thus far resulted in several felony arrests, including one count of Money Laundering as recently as September 9, 2014.  $63,000 in currency and more than 500 packages of synthetic marijuana (K2) have been seized.  The investigation is ongoing and further charges are imminent.

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