Lake Charles, LA –


On November 16, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a parish office in reference to an employee Dani R. Bailey, 39, Lake Charles.


During the initial investigation detectives were advised Bailey was improperly using equipment that belongs to the district.  The complainant also stated Bailey, who had access to district funds, was making personal purchases with the funds.  When detectives spoke with Bailey she confirmed she used the district’s equipment, such as lawn mowers, a chainsaw, and a floor jack, for personal use.   


CPSO detectives completed the investigation and it was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.  The CPDAO accepted charges and on September 9, a warrant was issued for Bailey’s arrest.  On September 14 Bailey turned herself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with malfeasance in office.  She was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.   


Bailey has paid back restitution to the district in reference to several personal items that were purchased using an account in the district’s name. 


CPSO Detective Shelli Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case. 


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.