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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Larose woman booked on five counts of felony theft from Cut Off business

Larose woman booked on five counts of felony theft from Cut Off business

In late July of 2013, deputies responded to a theft complaint at a Cut Off business on West Main Street wherein a female business owner reported an employee had stolen money.

Upon arrival, the owner told deputies she had been contacted by the Internal Revenue Service about unpaid business taxes dating back to 2010. The owner said she had questioned the former employee, identified as Tanya Callais, 44, of 245 Willow D St. in Larose, and that Callais had initially advised that all records should be up to date.

The next day, Callais admitted to the owner the taxes had not been paid but provided no explanation as to why the money was no longer in the account. She also informed the owner she was quitting. The owner later met with the IRS and discovered business taxes and employee taxes had not been filed since 2010, resulting in thousands of dollars owed in back taxes and penalties.

Detectives began investigating the case, and through investigation, they discovered evidence of multiple discrepancies in the records Callais had kept. Despite several thousand dollars missing from the business account, five checks were never paid to the IRS.

After obtaining the evidence, detectives obtained a warrant for Callais’ arrest on five counts of Felony Theft. On Wednesday, August 20, Callais turned herself in at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. She was booked on the aforementioned warrants and subsequently released after posting $25,000 bond as had been set by Judge F. Hugh Larose.

This investigation into this matter is continuing.





Tanya Callais