City of Thibodaux 1309 Canal Blvd. Thibodaux, LA 70301 Phone: (985) 446-5021 Fax: (985) 446-7214
Local Attorney Arrested
Just before lunch time on August 22, 2005, the Thibodaux Police Departments Criminal Investigations Division received an anonymous telephone call informing them that Attorney Keith Labat (41y/o, W/M, of 622 Parkside Drive in Thibodaux) was in the location of the Lafourche Parish Courthouse Annex. When the Thibodaux Police Detectives made contact with Labat, they advised him he was under arrest. After Labat was taken into custody, Thibodaux Police Detectives advised him of the following warrants: (2 counts) Forgery, (3 counts) Theft over $500.00 and (1 count) False Personation. Labatís bond total was $25,500.00. Labat was later released after posting bond.
All of the above mention arrest warrants stemmed from several of Labatís clients filling complaints against him with the Thibodaux Police Department. Through an investigation, the Thibodaux Police Departments Criminal Investigations Division discovered that Labat had received insurance checks in his clientís names. Instead of notifying his clients when the checks arrived, Labat chose to endorse his clientís signatures followed by him depositing the checks into his law firm account and using the funds for personal gain. Labat also used a prominent attorneyís name from the Houma area along with his, (Labatís) law firmís address on his personal letterhead. The letterhead from Labat implied that he was working under the prominent attorney and that together were representing the client. In addition, the Thibodaux Police Departments Detectives also discovered that Keith Labat is currently under suspension with the Louisiana Bar Association.