PIERRE PART – Assumption Parish Sheriff Leland Falcon reports the arrest of Lee Ann Richard Gourgues, 46, of 505 Belle River Road, Pierre Part, LA, on multiple felony financial crimes arising from a series of illegal transactions which victimized a local business as well as its owner.
Deputies were dispatched to a Pierre Part address on August 29, 2022. Contact was made with the complainant who advised that three personal checks and one business check had been stolen from her. The victim went on to advise that during the relevant period, Lee Ann Richard Gourgues was helping her out at her business.
Deputies developed the case and were able to positively identify Lee Ann Richard Gourgues as the suspect.
Investigators determined that Gourgues had stolen the checks and written them to herself and forged the victim’s signature. The one business check in the amount of $400 and one personal check in the amount of $300 were cashed, thus benefitting the suspect, Lee Ann Richard Gourgues.
Lee Ann Richard Gourgues was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on charges of:
*Bank Fraud (2 Counts)
*Forgery (2 Counts)
*Identity Theft (1 Count)
*Illegal Transmission of Monetary Funds (1 Count)
*Monetary Instrument Abuse
Lee Ann Richard Gourges remains incarcerated pending a bond hearing.