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Michael L. Derrick and Vernon C. Fields. (Special to the American Press)

Michael L. Derrick and Vernon C. Fields. (Special to the American Press)

Authorities: Moss Bluff man ran fundraiser scam (with arrest reports)

Last Modified: Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:57 PM

Special to the American Press

A 44-year-old Moss Bluff man has been charged with theft after allegedly running a scam for a fundraiser dinner, authorities said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Michael L. Derrick, 362 Calcasieu Ave., was arrested Tuesday after detectives discovered that he sold more than 75 tickets for dinners for a benefit event that did not exist. Myers said Derrick collected approximately $800 from five local businesses.

“An employee of a local business said Derrick solicited money for lunches he was selling to benefit a local cancer patient,” Myers said Thursday in a news release. “Several employees of the business purchased lunches that Derrick said were being prepared by a local restaurant. They were also given a receipt and a date in which the lunches would be delivered to the business.

“An employee of the business called the local restaurant to order more lunches and was advised they were not hosting any benefit event.”

Myers said the Sheriff’s Office believes there may be more people who are victims of this scam. Anyone that has been scammed in this way is asked to contact CPSO at 491-3605.



Hathaway man charged with incest

JENNINGS — A 51-year-old Hathaway man was arrested Wednesday after he had inappropriate contact with a family member, authorities said.

Philip D. Benoit, 51, was charged with two counts of aggravated incest, said Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Investigator Christopher Ivey.

The arrest followed a weeklong investigation, he said.

Benoit is being held in the parish jail without bond.



Houston man charged with obtaining CDS by fraud

A 39-year-old Houston man is facing numerous drug charges after his arrest on Wednesday, authorities said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said Vernon C. Fields has been charged with six counts of obtaining a prescription drug by fraud, four counts of prohibited acts all schedules and eight counts of possession of prescription blanks.

Judge Kent Savoie set Fields’ bond at $41,000.

“On March 27, Sheriff’s Office Vice detectives arrested Fields after an investigation revealed he obtained controlled prescription medication by using false and forged prescription blanks,” Myers said Thursday in a news release. “Fields was arrested at the pharmacy and during a search of his vehicle, detectives recovered numerous photocopied blank prescriptions.”



Additional arrests

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

• Paul Anthony South, 50, 1302 Bernard Ave., Kinder — possession of a stolen firearm. Bond: $2,000.

Anthony Dwayne Davis, 29, 1257 LeBlanc Lane — unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, monetary instrument abuse.

Chance Gabriel Savoie, 24, 6859 Tom Hebert Road, No. 392 — aggravated battery. Bond: $2,000.

Edward Charles Hudson, 45, 1104 Sally Mae St. — two counts of simple assault, disturbing the peace. Bond: $3,000.

Christopher Jamar Ceasar, 23, 2814 8th St. — first-offense marijuana possession, drug possession with intent to distribute, three counts of drug possession, illegal possession of a firearm.

Dominique Nicole Celestine, 26, 2814 8th St. — drug possession, first-offense marijuana possession. Bond: $2,000.

Aaron James Gillen, 31, 920 Mulberry St., No. 28, Westlake — domestic abuse battery. Bond: $1,500.

Steven Keith Lebleu, 23, 6296 Loftin Road — five counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $58,000.

Tamara Marie Lebleu, 23, 6400 La. 3059 — two counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $13,000.

Scarlett Rachel Townsen, 29, 805 Topsy Bell Road, No. 39 — simple escape, resisting an officer, drug possession.

Cornell Lynn Trahan, 38, 3613 E. Burton St., Sulphur — three counts of drug possession with intent to distribute. Bond: $30,000.

Jason Michael Heim, 37, 444 W. Parish Road, Sulphur — third-offense DWI. Bond: $5,000.

Eulice Duhon, 69, 2103 Katherine St. — domestic abuse battery with child endangerment. Bond: $1,500.

Greg Lynn Royer, 45, 207 Duff St., DeQuincy — drug possession with intent to distribute. Bond: $75,000.

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