Woman accused of scamming Acadiana residents arrested

(Photo Credit: Lafayette Parish Correctional Center)

UPDATE: A woman accused of telling sad stories to scam residents across Acadiana has been arrested.

Rebecca Begnaud, 57, of Scott, was booked into the LPCC Tuesday on a theft charge.

Her bond is set at $2,500.


YOUNGSVILLE, La. (KLFY) – Authorities have issued a warrant to arrest a woman accused of telling sad stories to scam residents and business owners out of money.

Police Chief Ricky Boudreaux identified the woman as Rebecca Begnaud, 57, of Scott.

Begnaud is wanted on the charge of theft by fraudulent means. She is accused of scamming victims in several parishes including Lafayette and Vermilion.

On Monday, the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office issued a warning about a woman scamming residents :

“A few complaints have been posted on Facebook describing what appears to be a scam, where a white female subject thought to be in her 60’s enters local businesses and begins to tell a sad story about her mother being very ill and/or on her death bed and how she left her home so suddenly that she forgot her purse, wallet and cell phone.

She proceeds to ask to use your cell phone to call for help because she needs money for fuel. She uses your cell phone to dial a number and says that she cannot get in touch with anyone for help.

She seems to be very distraught and asks for money to put fuel in her car because she needs to get to her dying mother in Texas, Houma, Gueydan or some other place.”

Anyone information about Begnaud’s whereabouts is asked to call the Youngsville Police Department at (337) 856-5931.


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