Opelousas Couple Arrested for Making Unapproved Purchases with Elderly Victim's Debit Card

It was determined that Crystal Andrus and Allen Andrus made approximately 250 debit card transactions between the dates of November 9, 2020 through March 23, 2021, totaling $33,828.54.

Posted: Apr 16, 2021 10:32 AM

Opelousas - According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “On March 22, 2021, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 1096 Miller Road, Opelousas, La. in regards to a welfare concern of a 62 year old female, who was living with family members to receive daily care. Her caregivers were identified as Crystal Andrus and her husband, Allen Andrus. Her caregivers also had possession of the victim’s debit card and were not providing monthly bank statements to the victim.”

Upon further investigation, it was determined that Crystal Andrus and Allen Andrus made approximately 250 debit card transactions between the dates of November 9, 2020 through March 23, 2021, totaling $33,828.54. The victim stated that the purchases were made without her authorization.

Both Crystal Andrus and Allen Andrus admitted to the debit card purchases, but stated that they were given permission by the victim to use the funds in the bank account. However, Crystal Andrus and Allen Andrus were not forthcoming with the extent of the financial expenditures. They also provided conflicting stories of whether or not they had an agreement with the victim to reimburse any of the funds that were used.

Crystal Andrus and Allen Andrus were transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail and charged with Exploitation of the Infirmed.

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