St. James School Board member pleads not guilty to charges of altering a prescription _lowres

Tyler Jasmin

State troopers arrested a St. James Parish School Board member Wednesday on counts of prescription drug fraud and pharmacy shopping after a monthlong investigation.

Tyler Jasmin, 26, of Vacherie, a first-term School Board member who represents District 6 on the west bank, was booked into St. James Parish Prison in Convent early Wednesday.

Troopers said Jasmin on Aug. 22 filled the same prescription for 16 hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets at seven pharmacies in St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes and on Oct. 8 at two pharmacies in St. James Parish, according to a State Police news release.

Troopers said they received a complaint Oct. 19 that Jasmin was attempting to fill a prescription that had been filled at another pharmacy.

“Through further investigation, LSP detectives confirmed that Jasmin fraudulently presented copies of his original prescription to numerous pharmacies in order to obtain additional narcotics,” Trooper 1st Class Bryan Lee said in the release.

Detectives obtained a warrant Wednesday and arrested Jasmin.

St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said Wednesday the allegations involve Jasmin’s personal use and are not connected to the school system in any way.

He said Jasmin remained in jail Wednesday morning awaiting bail to be set.

St. James Parish schools Superintendent Alonzo “Lonnie” Luce deferred comment to School Board President George Nassar Jr.

“The School Board has no comment other than to say that this matter is in the hands of the criminal justice system, and until the matter is adjudicated, the School Board has no authority or role to play in the matter,” Nassar said.

Jasmin, no party, won the District 6 seat in November 2014, beating Democrat Frieda Boughton 53 percent to 47 percent. He took office in January 2015.

The seat was formerly held by one time School Board President and longtime member Charles Nailor. He qualified for re-election in 2014 but dropped out amid questions about his residency in Vacherie.

Jasmin was booked on four counts each of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud, altering a prescription and possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance, troopers said.