LAFAYETTE — A Church Point woman pleaded guilty Monday in the embezzlement of nearly $200,000 from the Lafayette law firm of Clay Burgess, where she had worked for more than a decade.
Michelle Dana Lavergne, 36, faces up to 10 years in prison on three counts of making or possessing a forged security.
Federal prosecutors said that from 2008 to 2013, she wrote several checks from the firm to herself and another employee, ranging from $350 to $5,500.
Over five years, the total rose to $197,371, federal prosecutors said.
She had worked at the firm for 13 years as a financial secretary and paralegal.
Lavergne obtained pre-signed checks under the guise of paying bills or forged signatures on law firm checks, then deposited the checks into her own account, prosecutors said.
“I’m glad she did the right thing and admitted wrongdoing,” Burgess said.
New Iberia man guilty in death of 4-year-old
NEW IBERIA —New Iberia resident Jamal Charles was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile in the 2011 death of a 4-year-old girl and the injuring of her 3-year-old brother, KATC-TV is reporting.
Charles faced a judge-only trial that ended Friday afternoon.
Investigators say that in January 2011, Charles put the victim and her 3-year-old brother, who suffered burns, in a bathtub filled with water that was 180 degrees. Charles also is accused of beating the girl with a hammer.
Local forensic pathologist Christopher Tape said during the trial that the child had been severely burned from the waist down and had injuries from blunt force trauma on her scalp, spine, heart, lungs and other parts of her body.
While some of the injuries were hours old, Tape testified, others had been there for days.
Charles’ sentencing is set for Oct. 14.
Teen struck by truck, critically injured
LAFAYETTE — A Lafayette teen was critically injured when he was hit by a truck while walking near the 2700 block of Northeast Evangeline Thruway on Sunday.
The 17-year-old, who was not identified, was hit about 2:15 a.m. Sunday by a truck whose driver did not stop, Lafayette police Cpl. Paul Mouton said.
Mouton said the truck was traveling north on the Evangeline Thruway frontage road.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS.
Grenades found at Mamou home not live
MAMOU — Grenades found Sunday at a home in Mamou were not live, State Police have said, adding that no charges will be filed.
KATC-TV is reporting that State Police were dispatched early Sunday to assist the Mamou Police Department, which had responded to the dwelling in the 800 block of Fourth Street where two explosive devices were discovered by the homeowner, who had been cleaning the house.
The resident, described by the homeowner as a reclusive, elderly person, had moved out a few weeks prior to the discovery, and the home reportedly had been vacated in disarray. After troopers were called in to investigate, a one-block perimeter was set up around the home.
Arrests posted Sept. 15, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website:
- NOEL BATISTE: 32, of the 200 block of Auburn Drive, Carencro. He was booked on simple criminal damage to property.
- LEROY JAMES BROUSSARD: 31, of the 1200 block of Harold Stoute Road, Breaux Bridge. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant.
- MARURI V. CORDOVA: 33, of the 100 block of Eugene Dupuis Road, Rayne. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated; misdemeanor reckless operation of a vehicle; and speeding.
- TERRENCE DUPUY: 45, of the 1000 block of Robley Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
- RICARDO GLOVER: 41, of the 100 block of Champagne, Lafayette. He was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
- PAUL GUILLORY: 64, of the 400 block of Althea, Duson. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving the wrong way on a roadway.
- WAYNE KEITH HAMMONDS JR.: 27, of the 205-B block of Loranger, Lafayette. He was booked on simple battery.
- JOSHUA HOGAN: 28, of the 300 block of Lesbsque Road, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics and two counts of prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia).
- DENNIS LEE HOLLIER: 52, of the 200 block of Espasie, Milton. He was booked on two counts of fugitive.
- TROY JOHNSON: 30, of the 200 block of Mardi Gras, Carencro. He was booked on unlawful use of license and for Cameron Parish.
- SOURIVANH KEOPRASEUTH: 30, of the 1400 block of Howard Street, New Iberia. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and misdemeanor reckless operation of a vehicle.
- ISAIAH LEWIS: 24, of the 100 block of Sycamore Street, Lafayette. He was booked on fugitive and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
- RYAN MICHAUD: 37, of the 400 block of Third, Abbeville. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant.
- BRITT FITZGERALD MOUTON: 42, of the 900 block of West Fourth Street, Crowley. He was booked on simple battery.
- JAMES Z. PIERRE: 32, of the 100 block of Briarwood Drive, Sunset. He was booked on disturbing the peace.
- DEBBIE RIVERS: 28, of the 3500 block of Melancon, Broussard. She was booked for Evangeline Parish.
- OMAR VELA-ARGUELLES: 29, of the 2400 block of East Large, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and careless driving.
- JASON WAYNE WILLIAMS: 37, of the 400 block of Moss Street, Lafayette. He was booked on parole violation.