Shreveport man behind bars for pretending to be a state trooper

BOSSIER CITY, La. - A Shreveport man is facing charges for impersonating a Louisiana State Trooper.

On April 13 Louisiana State Police Troop G received a complaint from a Shreveport business owner that a man came by his business claiming to be a Louisiana State Trooper. 

Detectives immediately launched an investigation that later led to the arrest of 47-year-old Lester Wells. 

On Monday investigators followed up on the complaint and found that Wells was a traveling steak salesman and on multiple occasions had identified himself as a Louisiana State Trooper to his customers. 

Wells had received free auto parts, law enforcement discounts, and on one occasion was given a substantial amount of money because people believed he was a State Trooper. 

Wells was going to make what he thought to be a “routine sales call” to a potential new customer, which was located at the Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Office in Bossier, City. 

When Wells arrived at the office, he was immediately taken into custody by Troop G Troopers.

During an interview Wells stated that he often represented himself as a Louisiana State Trooper. According to Wells, this status helped his business and gave him access that he would not normally have. 

Wells was later transported to the Bossier Parish Jail and booked on the charge of fraudulent portrayal of a law enforcement officer.  He is awaiting extradition to Caddo Parish.


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