Baton Rouge Man Faces 75 Year Prison Term On Various Charges
24 year old Donald L. Batiste of Baton Rouge is jailed charged with using his credit-repair company to engage in racketeering, theft, identity theft and money laundering. According to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell hundreds of social security numbers were stolen and sold to people trying to legitimately improve their credit or loan scores. Batiste is said to have bought the stolen Social Security numbers for $75 and sold them for between $130 and $500. Batiste also conspired with at least 13 forgers who created fake Social Security cards, bank statements, utility bills and tax document. Over the course of Batiste's criminal activity more than 50 vehicles were bought causing more than a million dollars in fake car loans. If convicted Batiste faces up to 75 years in prison.