Lake Charles –
On June 2 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Billy Navarre Chevrolet in Lake Charles regarding a theft. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with an employee who advised they suspected another employee, Dana L. Benoit, 40, 1304 Charlestown Lane, Lake Charles, had been stealing money from the car dealership.
During the investigation it was revealed for several months Benoit had been creating fake service tickets and insurance claims for repairs and not submitting the money to the car dealership. It was also learned that Benoit obtained an engine by creating a fraudulent warranty claim on a vehicle.
After further investigation Benoit was arrested on August 6 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He is charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000. He has been released on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.
CPSO Detective Edward Curol is the lead investigator on this case.