State Police: 4 sought for fraud in Terrebonne Parish

State Police: 4 sought for fraud in Terrebonne Parish
Authorities have identified a Claiborne Parish resident as the man who was killed in a one-vehicle crash March 8 in Bienville Parish. (Source: Louisiana State Police)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Detectives with the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud/Auto Theft Unit – Houma Field Office are asking for the public’s help in locating four people wanted for felony fraud in two separate cases.

Two arrests have been made in one case, but investigators are still trying to find four Terrebonne Parish residents wanted in connection with the crimes.

Police said in May of 2018, 53-year-old Bonnie Brien of Gray, 32-year-old Ashley Burnett of Houma, and 51-year-old Fredericka Burnett of Houma conspired and participated in a staged U-Haul vehicle crash in Terrebonne Parish. Police said the women tried to defraud Republic Western Insurance Company of $10,349.75. Also involved was 34-year-old Heather Thibodaux and 42-year-old Germaine Johnson. On February 7, 2019, troopers located and arrested Thibodaux and Johnson at their home in Houma. They were each booked into the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Center with automobile insurance fraud and injuring public records.

Ashley and Fredericka Burnett and Bonnie Brien remain at large. Police said each suspect has active warrants for automobile insurance fraud and injuring public records.

In the second case, detectives are looking for 39-year-old Tommie Ledon Jenkins of Houma. Jenkins was unlicensed to work as a contractor, and in December of 2017, he failed to complete a home construction contract in Bayou Vista after being paid $60,000. LSP detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Jenkins in St. Mary Parish on charges of residential contractor fraud, engaging in contracting without a license and felony theft.

Anyone with information about the wanted subjects, people staging vehicle crashes, or committing other forms of insurance fraud should contact the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud/Auto Theft Unit at 985-876-8834 or insurance.fraud.unit@dps.la.gov. More information can be found at http://lsp.org/ifu.html.

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