Lake Charles woman arrested for insurance fraud

The following is a Press Release from the Louisiana State Police:

On March 23, 2012, detectives assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations arrested 26-year-old Natalie Fontenot of Lake Charles for insurance fraud.

In April 2010, a vehicle registered to Fontenot was involved in a crash in a private parking lot in Westlake, LA.  Fontenot claimed that she was the driver and that her juvenile son was with her at the time of the crash.

Through investigation, troopers determined neither Fontenot nor her son were present at the time of the crash.  During an interview, Fontenot admitted to not being in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Fontenot was charged with insurance fraud and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.  If convicted, Fontenot faces up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit is responsible for investigating referrals of suspected fraudulent insurance acts; assisting federal and local law enforcement in the investigation of fraudulent insurance acts; cooperating with local prosecutors and the attorney general's office in the prosecution of fraudulent insurance acts; and promoting awareness of insurance fraud throughout the state.

Anyone with knowledge of a fraudulent insurance related scheme is encouraged to report the activity to the Louisiana State Police by calling (225) 925-3701 or (225) 925-3702.