On August 9, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched after receiving a complaint from the owner of a local business regarding an employee stealing from the company.
Deputies were advised after researching discrepancies in the company’s bank account, the owner discovered between May 31 - July 18, Kari D. Johns, 38, 163 Summerwood Drive, Sulphur, who worked as a bookkeeper for the company, forged the owner’s signature to cash over $20,000 worth of checks at several local stores.
After further investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Johns, and on September 18, Johns was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 59 counts of forgery; and 1 count of theft over $1,500.
She has been released on a $79,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.
CPSO Detective Darrell Fontenot is the lead investigator in this case.