LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Three men are accused of pocketing thousands of dollars from casinos by creating counterfeit cash vouchers. Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre identified the trio as 47-year-old Victor Cheramie of Cut Off, 40-year-old Brent Poiencot of Thibodaux and 37-year-old Damen Smith of Galliano. Webre says all three were arrested after an investigation that included the use of surveillance video from the casinos.
Detectives begin looking into the thefts after learning counterfeit cash vouchers had been used at casinos in Thibodaux and Raceland. The fake vouchers resulted in over $3,000 being stolen from the casinos during the month of August.
On Friday, August 19, deputies in the Cut Off area located Smith and took him into custody. He was found to have seven (7) clonazepam pills and seven (7) Suboxone pills in his possession, as well as suspected marijuana. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with possession of marijuana (3rd or subsequent offense), possession of Clonazepam and a Legend Drug, contempt of court, and two counts of felony theft. His bond is set at $42,500.
Poiencot was also located and arrested Friday and booked with two counts of felony theft. He was released later that day after posting $10,000 bond. Meanwhile, Cheramie was arrested Sunday and booked with two counts of felony theft. He remains in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.