Lake Charles, LA –


In July 2022, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes detectives received a report from a local school in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.


During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the complainant that the school was receiving calls from vendors stating they had not received payments for services they had provided to the school.  During further investigation an audit was performed at which time it was learned an employee, Anna B. Theriot, 37, Iowa, had stolen over $23,000 by making unauthorized transactions, cash disbursements, and forging checks.   


After a lengthy investigation, on November 14, detectives issued a warrant for Theriot’s arrest.  On November 16, Theriot turned herself in at which time she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 7 counts of forgery.  She was released on a $80,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 


CPSO Detective John Melton 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.