At least $6 million sought in filings
In the wake of the arrest of two women accused of stealing nearly $2 million, a flurry of records requests have been filed at the St. Mary Parish Clerk of Court office in conjunction with a claim that at least $6 million of the James Scott Tucker estate is owed to the company and five Guarisco family members.
A June 6 certified letter from an attorney representing the family and Capital Management Consultants Inc. alleges a claim of $6 million, which could increase, originates from “James Scott Tucker’s conversion, theft, embezzlement of claimants property, and conspiracy to commit and the commission of an intentional tort, RICO, unjust enrichment, fraud, and breach of Fiduciary duty owed to the claimant.” Neither the letter, nor any of the other filings, spell out specific actions or failure to act by Tucker.
Tucker was an official with the company.
The letter was sent by Gonzales attorney Barbara Irwin to Michael Aloise Jr., acting in behalf of the co-administrators of the Tucker succession.
The five family members represented by Irwin are Laura, Victor, Maria, Elizabeth and Leah Guarisco.
On Wednesday, bank records were requested from JP Morgan Chase Bank, Regions Bank, Whitney Bank, Iberia Bank and MidSouth Bank
On Friday, Internet companies were sent requests for email communications including those from firstname.lastname@example.org and Donasu@ atvci.net.
Karen D. Duhon and Donna Sue Peveto were arrested and accused of stealing nearly $1.9 million, over a seven-year period, from their employer, Capital Management Consultants Inc.
Also on Friday, a notice of a records request sent to Laura Plunkett was filed. She is listed on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website as the registered agent for Capital Management Consultants Inc.
Other filings last week included a notice of records deposition to New Orleans Auction – St. Charles Gallery and to Auction Galleries Liquidation Inc.
The New Orleans Auction – St. Charles Gallery website says it “specializes in fine 19th and 20th century American, English and French furnishings including furniture, fine art, porcelain, silver, chandeliers, jewelry, Oriental carpets and decorative arts.”
The notice of records deposition calls for the production of documents on items purchased associated with “Peter V. Guarisco’s account on which James Scott Tucker was the bidder from 1999 to the present.” It also seeks documents on items purchased on which Tucker bid with respect to several gallery’s accounts, Tucker’s account and Capital Management Consultants’ account.
A records request notice also was filed Friday for documents in the possession of Robert J. Businelle companies.
The deposition to produce the records of all the persons and businesses called is scheduled at Irwin’s law office in Gonzales on Aug. 25.
There have been no requests for sworn testimony in the scheduled depositions and none of those subpoenaed for the records requests have been accused of wrongdoing in the civil filings.
In the two arrests by Morgan City Police, Duhon is accused of stealing $1.233 million by fraudulent means between 2007 and 2014 and Peveto is accused of stealing $633,700 during that same time period, Chief Michael Banks said.
The investigation is ongoing with additional arrests possible pending the completion of that investigation, the chief said.