Tennessee Man Arrested in Louisiana After Allegedly Consuming Food and Beverages Then Paying with Fake Money

By Calcasieu Staff
Published April 19, 2023

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Tennessee Man Arrested in Louisiana After Allegedly Consuming Food and Beverages Then Paying with Fake Money

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana – A Tennessee man has been arrested in Louisiana after allegedly consuming food and beverages and then paying with fake money.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet announced the arrest of a Tennessee man on April 18, 2023, in connection with a larceny probe spanning many businesses around Terrebonne Parish. Charles Thomas Parkerson, 61, of Brentwood, Tennessee, was arrested on a variety of offenses related to the investigation.

On April 12, 2023, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) was made aware of an incident that occurred in the jurisdiction of the Houma Police Department, in which a male subject entered a local restaurant and consumed food and alcoholic beverages before allegedly paying for his meal with fake money and leaving the establishment. The owners of the business used social media to alert the public to the event, which led to the identification of additional businesses as victims of the same suspect in recent months.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office joined the inquiry and collaborated with the Houma Police Department to find Parkerson, who was working in the area. TPSO detectives investigated the information and were able to connect Parkerson to a second local business inquiry.

Parkerson was arrested and booked into the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex on one count of Monetary Instrument Abuse. He was eventually released on a $2,500 cash bond.

Parkerson was also arrested by the Houma Police Department on additional charges.

In a new release, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet reported that he is pleased with the outstanding work completed by the TPSO Patrol and Detective Divisions in the apprehension of Parkerson. Sheriff Tim Soignet said, “I’m very proud of the working relationship our agency has with our Public Safety partners. Our Detectives have worked very hard to foster those relationships, which is vital to bringing offenders to justice.”

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.