Former nursing director and teacher accused of stealing drugs to pay for Vegas trip

Former nursing director and teacher accused of stealing drugs to pay for Vegas trip

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A former teacher and nursing director are accused of stealing prescription drugs from the elderly to pay for a trip to Vegas.

Slidell Police say they knew something was up when they responded to an unrelated medical call on Chamale Cove on Friday. Once inside, we're told investigators found hundreds of prescription pills all over the place.

"Police located hundreds of prescription pills that were packaged in individual baggies as if somebody in the house was preparing to sell them," said Slidell Police Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau.

Police say both Bonnie Pritchard and Patrick Lampard, who were living in the home, admitted to stealing patient prescriptions from Heritage Manor Nursing Home and selling them to a drug dealer to pay for a trip to Vegas and to pay off their debts.

Lampard was working as the director of nursing at Heritage Manor at the time of his arrest Friday. Pritchard was a teacher at Abney Elementary School in Slidell. Police tell us both are no longer working at those jobs.

"So far, based off the investigation, at no point in time were the patients at Heritage Manor Nursing home or the students at Abney Elementary School affected by the actions of these individuals," Seuzeneau said.

We called Heritage Manor Nursing Home but were told they had no comment. We also reached out to St. Tammany Parish Schools, but they have not gotten back to us.

"The chief, Randy Smith, said in a prepared statement that both of these individuals were in positions that require honesty and integrity and they violated the public trust and will now have to face the consequences of their actions," Seuzeneau said.

Both Lampard and Pritchard are facing several drug charges and are being held at the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

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