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33 YO indicted after dead woman’s credit card used to rent hotel room


A Beaumont man has been indicted after allegedly checking into a hotel room with the financial information of a woman who was no longer living.

A grand jury indicted the 33-year-old on Wednesday for fraudulent use of identifying information.

According to the indictment, a Heritage Inn clerk advised officers during an investigation that a stolen credit card was used to purchase a hotel room on Jan. 2. The 33-year-old was identified as one of the occupants in the room.

“(He) was also on security footage accompanying the subject who used the stolen credit card to rent the room,” the indictment said. “(He) advised the room had been rented for him by his employer.”


The officer said in the indictment that the 33-year-old gave consent to search the room. A few items belonging to the late Michelle Lagrange, who died in Aug. 2017, were allegedly found within the room, including her check book still containing checks and a Texas driver’s license.

“(He) advised he found the items and brought the identifying information to the room,” the indictment said.

Because he was in possession of the items, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

According to Jefferson County Jail records, he was arrested by the Beaumont Police Department on Jan. 5.

Jail records show his current offenses include fraudulent use of identifying information on a $2,500 bond, theft on a $2,500 bond, evading arrest on a $1,000 bond, and nine warrants for class c felony offenses including driving with no drivers license, speeding and failure to maintain financial responsibility.

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