Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Arrests Numerous Individuals in New Orleans Area

  • June 13, 2012


On June 6, 2012, troopers assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Unit received a LoJack alert on a stolen 2009 Toyota Camry in the area of 3300 block of Baudin Street, New Orleans.  One person, later identified as Robert Lavigne (B/M, age 18) of New Orleans, was seen using a key to gain entry into the vehicle.  Lavigne was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  He was booked into the Orleans Parish Correctional Center.  Lo Jack is a stolen vehicle recovery system that consists of a small radio frequency transceiver hidden in the vehicle.  The transceiver has a unique code specifically tied to that vehicle’s VIN number.  When LoJack is activated, the transceiver sends out an inaudible signal that is automatically traced in LoJack equipped police units.

On June 8, 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives arrested Marc Griffin-Hagan (B/M, age 30) of New Orleans and Fred Howard (B/M, age 40) of New Orleans on numerous charges following an investigation related to fraudulent Louisiana ID’s and stolen credit cards.  The investigation was a cooperative effort with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police Department and the United States Secret Service after they received information about identity theft and access device fraud.  Search warrants were obtained and numerous items related to the manufacture, possession and distribution of fraudulent ID cards were seized.  Griffin-Hagen was booked on charges of Possession of Fraudulent Documents for ID Purposes, Counterfeiting / Possessing Counterfeit Labels and Possession of Tools and Equipment used for Manufacturing Unauthorized Sound Recordings.  Howard was booked on charges of Identity Theft, Access Device Fraud and Forgery.  Both subjects were taken to the Orleans Parish Correctional Center.



Contact Information:

Trooper Melissa Matey

Public Affairs Unit 

Louisiana State Police – Troop B

Office:  (504) 471-2780