ROCKINGHAM ― A high-level county government employee is facing felony prescription drug and fraud charges.
Lori Tadlock, human resources director for Richmond County, was arrested March 12 following a joint two-month investigation between the Richmond and Moore county sheriff’s offices.
Investigators with the RCSO were contacted by their counterparts with the MCSO’s prescription diversion unit “concerning Tadlock receiving the same type prescriptions (of hydrocodone) from different prescribers,” according to a press release.
“Investigators were able to retrieve the documentation from the medical providers and pharmacies to determine Tadlock had received the same prescription from two different medical providers on two different occasions,” the release states.
County Manager Bryan Land said Tadlock has been placed on “investigative status” and is currently “out of service.”
“No disciplinary action has been taken as that results upon the completion of the process when all facts have been presented and conclusions have been drawn,” he said.
Tadlock is charged with: two felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin; two felony counts of obtaining a prescription for a controlled substance through misrepresentation or withholding of information; two felony counts of insurance fraud; and two misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.
Tadlock was never booked into the Richmond County Jail, but released on a $75,000 unsecured bond. She is scheduled to appear in court March 28.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.