(St. Martinville, LA.)-On September 17, 2019, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to an elderly St. Martinville resident who was suspected to have been the victim of a scam. An investigation into the allegation was initiated and during the course of the investigation, Investigators learned that the victim had been approached by a male subject in front of his residence in the early morning hours of September 17, 2019. The male subject proceeded to tell the victim that he had fallen upon hard times and needed money for gas and a ride back to his vehicle. The victim complied and while driving the subject (who Investigators later learned gave a fictitious name) to his vehicle, he further stated that his mother had passed away that morning and that he needed money for funeral expenses and a place to stay. He then assured the victim that he would reimburse him once he received his “settlement” from an offshore injury.
The victim subsequently drove to the bank where he withdrew cash for the subject, and then proceeded to a Breaux Bridge hotel and paid for a room.
The victim then returned to his home and told a family member about the encounter with the male subject and they immediately notified the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Upon culmination of the investigation, the subject was identified as Tommy J. Derousselle, 53, Breaux Bridge, LA. He was arrested Tuesday afternoon without incident at the hotel in Breaux Bridge and was charged as follows:
LA. R.S 14:93.4-Exploitation of Person with Infirmities
Following his arrest, he was booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on the above charge.
Please report any activity that you think may be fraudulent or that you suspect is a scam. If you are the victim of a scam, please report it. Please don’t give cash, credit cards, or any financial information to anyone. When you report these types of activities, you prevent someone else from becoming a scam artists’ next victim.