A local man will be the guest of U.S. taxpayers for some time to come after a Shreveport federal jury convicted him for his role in a fraudulent check scheme that resulted in the theft of nearly $200,000, according to David C. Joseph, U.S. Attorney.

The jury deliberated only an hour before finding Carlos A. Span,41, found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud and two counts of wire fraud.

Evidence admitted at trial showed that Spann, 41, Phelix K. Williams, 28, and Anthony E. Johnson, 23, all of Shreveport, conspired to cash counterfeit checks using fraudulent identities at banks and retail establishments throughout Louisiana.  

During the conspiracy, the co-defendants negotiated more than 100 counterfeit checks resulting in nearly $200,000 in illegally obtained proceeds.

U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. presided over the trial that began Monday and ended Thursday.  

On Jan. 17, 2019, Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and two counts of bank fraud, and just this past Monday, Williams pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, 12 counts of bank fraud and two counts of wire fraud. 

Each of the defendants is facing up to 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine and, after that, five years supervised probation.

Johnson will be sentenced May 1, Spann will be sentenced May 23 and Williams is scheduled to be sentenced May 30, 2019. 

The U.S. Secret Service conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany Fields and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook prosecuted the case.