Pair arrested in 'elaborate' prescription drug scheme to pay for Vegas trip

Pair arrested in 'elaborate' prescription drug scheme to pay for Vegas trip

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A former teacher and a nursing director were arrested for their alleged involvement in an "elaborate scheme" to steal and sell prescription medications to pay for a Las Vegas trip.

Slidell Police arrested Patrick Lampard, 36, and Bonnie Pritchard, 46, on Friday. Lampard is the former director of nursing for a Mandeville nursing home and Pritchard is a former elementary school teacher.

Slidell police were called to the 100 block of Chamale Cove in reference to a medical call. While responding to the scene, officers say they found prescription medications for a Mandeville nursing home scattered across the home.

Police say hundreds of pills were packaged in individual baggies, as if someone was preparing to sell them. Narcotics detectives were called to the scene.

Officers interrogated the residents of the home, Lampard and Pritchard, who admitted to stealing drugs from the nursing home. The pair would then sell the drugs to a dealer in order to pay off outstanding debt and a trip to Las Vegas, police say.

"Both of these individuals were in positions that require honesty and integrity. They violated the public's trust and will now have to face the consequences of their actions," Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said.

Both of the suspects' employers were notified of the investigation and fully cooperated with police, officers say.

Both face numerous drug possession and distribution charges. Lampard also faces a theft charge.

Both subjects are currently at the St. Tammany Parish Jail. The investigation is ongoing and more charges may be filed at a later date.