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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Grand Isle man arrested for thousands in fraudulent charges to former employer

Grand Isle man arrested for thousands in fraudulent charges to former employer

A Grand Isle man has been arrested for more than 70 counts each of theft and forgery after charging over $26,000 of fuel and tools to a former employer.

Douglas Firmanty, 55, of Grand Isle was arrested Wednesday, January 21, on multiple outstanding warrants.

Detectives began their investigation in 2014 after learning Firmanty was purchasing fuel, tools, and other items in the South Lafourche area by charging it to a company for which he was formerly employed for a period of approximately three years.

Detectives further learned Firmanty was doing so, in most cases, by forging the signature of another person authorized to make company purchases. In all, detectives uncovered over $26,000 in fraudulent charges.

Following the investigation, detectives obtained warrants for 74 counts of felony theft and 72 counts of Forgery. Firmanty also had outstanding warrants for contempt of court stemming from traffic violations.

When detectives made contact with Firmanty on Wednesday, he admitted to his involvement in the crimes, was arrested per the outstanding warrants and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked accordingly.

He is being held in lieu of $218,000 bond as set by Judge Walter I. Lanier III, and has been ordered to pay $873 in fines and costs related to the contempt warrants.