LPSO News Blog
3/13/2014 by Brennan Matherne
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Galliano woman who stole money from an elderly friend on multiple occasions. Charlene Romero (W/F, D.O.B. 10/30/59) of 120 West 197th Street faces more than 10 felony charges after admitting her involvement to investigators.
On March 7, detectives began investigating a theft case after family members of an elderly Galliano man discovered several thousand dollars was missing. Through investigation, detectives learned Romero had befriended the man and had been at the man’s home on several occasions, including times in which he was not present. Detectives learned Romero admitted to taking $300 from the man on one occasion.
Detectives later brought Romero in for questioning, and she admitted to taking money on multiple occasions. She admitted to borrowing money on multiple occasions and never repaying it, and she admitted to entering the man’s home twice, without permission, and taking money.
Romero was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux on 10 counts of Thefts of Assets of an Aged/Disabled Person, Exploitation of the Infirmed, and two counts of Simple Burglary. She was released after posting $80,000 bond as set by Judge John LeBlanc.
Sheriff Webre urges citizens to be actively involved in the lives of elderly family members. “It is truly disappointing to see any elderly person neglected criminally or socially,” said Sheriff Webre. “Exploiting or stealing from the elderly is a despicable crime. Our elderly relatives are often very trusting and some can become lonely. This often leads to them becoming prey to scam artists or even someone they perceive as a ‘friend’ who eventually takes advantage of them. Be sure to stay involved in their lives and help with their record-keeping and always report any potential wrongdoings to the Sheriff’s Office.”