Lafayette woman sentenced to prison for stealing from Broussard business

Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 18:00:40-04

A Lafayette woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years and four months in prison for stealing almost $1.5 million from a Broussard oilfield related company.

Susan M. Benoit, 54, of Lafayette, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on two counts of wire fraud. She was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $1,490,588.70 in restitution to the victim.

According to the January 18, 2018, guilty plea, Benoit worked for a Broussard, Louisiana, oilfield related company from 1998 to 2016. As the accountant and later as chief financial officer, Benoit had access to the company’s bank accounts and transferred $1,490,588.70 from company accounts to her personal bank account.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly P. Uebinger prosecuted the case.