Con artist ‘scams’ families for $50Gs
By Shonna Riggs - Mar 15, 2007
A man who goes by the name “Mr. Giggles” left a St. Charles Parish couple frowning after he allegedly ripped them off for $5,000.
The disarming nickname is only one of the 36 aliases used by Tyrone Jacques Spencer, 35, of St. Bernard Parish, who is alleged to have scammed other area people for $45,000 more.
Audie and Denise Matherne of 123 Savoie Lane, in Des Allemands, owners of Bayou Jumpers inflatable toy equipment, said they entered into a contract with Jacques to purchase three space walk jumpers.
“On July 29, 2006 I met with ‘Mr. Giggles’ so I could buy some inflatable equipment,” Audie Matherne said.
“I signed all of my paperwork and then gave him a check. He promised me that I would get my equiment in about four weeks.
After three weeks passed by, Denise Matherne called Jacques’ company to get an update on the order.
“ I called his cell phone for several days, and it would ring but he never answered it,”she said.
“I became worried after leaving messages and he wouldn’t return my phone calls.”
The Mathernes said several weeks past and then Jacques called.
“He told us that he just had a new baby and he was struggling and he couldn’t deal with our harrassment,” Audie said.
“He promised that we would get our equipment in seven days - we never did.”
After months of waiting we had to accept the fact that we had been ripped off,”
Jefferson Parish police officials confirm Jacques has an arrest record in their parish.
Jacques is wanted on a felony theft warrant in Slidell, and St. Bernard Parish.
The Mathernes filed theft charges against Jacques in St. Charles Parish.
“We hope they catch him. We heard he may be setting up shop in Atlanta,” Matherne said.
“I would hate to see more people go through this.”
Jacques sold two sets of the inflatable equipment to a Slidell man, the first contract was signed for $14,995. A few weeks later, the same man issued Jacque a second installment payment for $8,995.
In both cases the checks were cashed but no equipment was delivered.
A Westwego woman, who requested anonomity, said she gave Jacques $14,000 and never received her equipment.
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