A former Abney Elementary School kindergarten teacher and the director of nursing at Heritage Manor Nursing Home were arrested late last week in what Slidell police say was a scheme to steal prescription medications from elderly patients and sell them.
Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau said the roommates were trying to pay off debts and get money for a trip to Las Vegas.
Bonnie Pritchard, 45, and Patrick Lampard, 36, remain in St. Tammany Parish jail.
Lampard, who was director of nursing at the nursing home, was booked on six counts of possession of a schedule II narcotic with intent to distribute, five counts of possession of a legend drug and theft over $1,000.
Pritchard was booked on the same drug charges and introduction of a schedule II narcotic into a correctional facility. Seuzeneau said that charge stemmed from the fact that she had some pills in her purse when she was brought in for booking.
Police went to the pair’s Chamale Cove residence early Friday after a 911 call for medical help. As medical personnel were treating the patient, police noticed prescription medications for patients at Heritage Manor Nursing Home strewn all over the residence. Hundreds of pills had been repackaged individually.
Narcotics detectives interrogated the two, who admitted stealing the medications from patients and selling them to a drug dealer, Seuzeneau said.
The investigation is ongoing, and more charges may be filed at a later date.
So far, police have found no evidence that students at the school or patients were affected.
Neither remains employed, although Seuzeneau said he was not sure if they were terminated or resigned.
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