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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Grand Isle Man Arrested After Attempting To Use Phony Money At Two Raceland Casinos

Grand Isle Man Arrested After Attempting To Use Phony Money At Two Raceland Casinos

Louis Santiny, Jr.

A Grand Isle man was arrested after he attempted to use counterfeit bills at two Raceland casinos. Louis Santiny Jr., 45, of 239 Santiny Lane, was arrested after attempting to flee from deputies following the incidents.

At around 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies responded to a casino on Hwy. 308 in Raceland after receiving reports that someone attempted to use suspected counterfeit bills at that location.

Through an investigation, deputies learned a male subject, later identified as Santiny, had allegedly handed counterfeit bills to a female subject to attempt to use the bills at the casino. After a cashier identified the bills as counterfeit, the female returned the fake bills to Santiny who then left the location.

While deputies were investigating this incident, an employee of another Raceland casino called in a similar complaint of a male subject attempting to use counterfeit bills. Deputies learned the suspect had fled the scene and was at that time near the casino on Hwy. 308.

Deputies who were still on scene from the initial complaint located the suspect’s vehicle at the intersection of LA Hwy. 308 and LA Hwy. 654 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

The driver continued to Highway 1 and began traveling at a high rate of speed in an attempt to evade deputies. Eventually, he turned on to New Haven Street and crashed into a ditch along the roadside. After the crash, he attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended by deputies without further incident.

At that point, deputies identified the driver as Santiny from an identification card, but he had no driver’s license in his possession. Deputies also discovered him to have eight counterfeit bills in his possession, and they recovered two other counterfeit bills which had been used at one of the casinos.

Santiny was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with ten counts of Monetary Instrument Abuse, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, and No Driver’s License. He is being held in lieu of $20,100 bond as set by Judge Walter Lanier III.

Santiny’s criminal history shows 24 prior arrests for charges including monetary instrument abuse, auto theft, battery, assault, forgery, and burglary.