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Reserve woman ordered to pay back thousands

RESERVE — A Reserve woman facing a couple more years in jail was ordered to pay thousands of dollars in restitution to St. John the Baptist Parish businesses as part of a plea agreement and sentencing that followed numerous forgery charges.

Vanessa Marie Greenup, 48, pleaded guilty to bank fraud, principal to forgery and monetary instrument abuse, receiving five years with the department of corrections on each count.

According to the St. John Clerk of Court’s office, two years of each sentence was suspended, the sentences are to run concurrently and Greenup was given credit for time served since her arrest Oct. 25, 2017.

The Clerk’s office noted the sentences are also to run concurrently with cases in St. Charles Parish.

Authorities say the investigations date back years and involve Greenup trying to defraud Louisiana Federal Credit Union and Gregg’s Neighborhood Market.

Sheriff’s Office financial crimes detectives began a check fraud investigation Aug. 2, 2017, after Greenup cashed a check at the grocery store, only to have it returned as counterfeit by the bank.

St. John deputies responded to the same business ten days later when an alert employee reported Greenup was back, attempting to cash a check.

In her rush to exit the business while a Gregg’s employee verified the check, police said Greenup left behind her Louisiana identification.

Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Greenup two months later in LaPlace.

District Attorney Bridget A. Dinvaut said Greenup was involved in fraudulent dealings with Louisiana Federal Credit Union years prior to the grocery store case.

“She had been working with Louisiana Federal Credit Union to repay that, and charges were not filed by Louisiana Federal,” Dinvaut said. “They had tried to work with her internally on the banking issues.

“When she was arrested on the charge at Gregg’s, that is when they notified us that she had not been cooperative and had not met her obligations in trying to repay that amount of money. She was subsequently charged at that time.”

As a part of her sentencing May 30, Greenup is ordered pay $5,065 to the credit union, $601.92 to Gregg’s, $315 in court costs and $550 to the public defender’s office.

At the time of Greenup’s arrest, police said she was also being held on fugitive warrants from St. Charles Parish and Iberville Parish.