JENNINGS — State Police arrested a Jennings woman accused of extorting an elderly man out of more than $20,000, according to a news release.

Brooke Cormier, 27, was arrested Thursday following a joint investigation involving the FBI and the Lake Charles field office of State Police Investigations, the release said.

The FBI contacted State Police on Tuesday after receiving information that Cormier was calling an elderly man in the Jennings area and claiming that she was wrongfully arrested and charged with prostitution, the release said.

Sgt. James Anderson, a spokesman for State Police, said Cormier and the victim had become acquaintances after meeting at a local establishment.

During the calls, Cormier claimed to be a judge, an FBI special agent and an employee with the District Attorney’s Office.

The victim gave Cormier more than $20,000 in the past two months, the release said.

On Thursday, Cormier contacted the victim and requested $1,900 to pay fictitious fines imposed by a fictitious judge, the release said.

The victim delivered the money while watched by investigators, who then arrested Cormier on counts of extortion, theft over $500 and impersonating a police officer, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, the release said.

Cormier was booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail, the release said.

Sobriety checkpoint set for St. Martin

State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. in St. Martin Parish.

Troopers will be looking for impaired drivers as well as aggressive drivers and unrestrained occupants, according to a news release.

If you see an aggressive or impaired driver you can report them by calling *LSP (*577) or your local law enforcement agency.