BELLE CHASSE, La. - A woman who served as the director of the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society Animal Shelter, and her two daughters turned themselves in to authorities Monday on theft charges.
Denise McCoy Manger, 41, had previously been arrested and charged with the theft of approximately $22,000 from the shelter. Plaquemines Sheriff's Office spokesman Eric Becnel said.
During the course of the investigation, Becnel said it was determined that Manger's two daughters also participated in some thefts.
According to Becnel, on Nov. 6, 2012, Tori Michelle Manger, 19, and her mother, sold 12 boxes of heart worm medication to a resident for $300. The payment was made in cash and Becnel said investigators determined that Manger endorsed and cashed it. She is wanted for theft between $500 and $1,500.
Also, on April 11, 2013, Becnel said Tawny Colleen Manger, 23, endorsed a check for $125 that was meant for a pet adoption and had the check made out to her. She is wanted for theft of an item under $300.
And, in early-2013, Becnel said that Denise Manger had a staff veterinary technician fill a prescription of Metronidazole, which is an antibiotic used at the shelter for treating animals. The technician believed the prescription was being used by Denise Manger as part of her official duties at the shelter.
Detectives were able to determine that Denise Manger actually obtained the prescription of Metronidazole for a cousin and she distributed it to the relative. Denise Manger allegedly told the cousin that she had the same antibiotics at her place of employment and that she would fill the prescription in order to save the relative money. It was further learned that Denise Manger distributed two other antibiotics to the cousin, Levofloxacin and Biaxin XL. Detectives have obtained a warrant of arrest on Denise Manger for the crime of distribution or possession of prescription drug without a prescription or order.