Acadia Parish woman booked in stealing from elderly victim

An Acadia Parish woman has been booked on counts of felony theft and crimes against the elderly for her alleged role in tricking an elderly person into releasing funds to her.

Cynthia Gauthreaux was a caregiver for the victim, from whom thousands of dollars might have been stolen, Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson said a news release.

Gauthreaux, 51, was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.

“The investigation revealed (that) several thousand dollars were taken by the caregiver; however, not by simply stealing the funds,” Gibson said.

He said Gauthreaux allegedly tricked the victim, whose identity has not been released, into releasing the money to her.