The former director of the Plaquemines Animal and Welfare Society in Belle Chasse and her two daughters, wanted for allegedly stealing more than $22,000 from the animal shelter, surrendered to authorities Monday.
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office had sought the three since Friday.
It opened an investigation June 13 related to allegations of theft of money from the shelter, known as PAWS.
Director Denise McCoy Manger, 41, was arrested June 24 and booked with theft of more than $1,500. During an interview with detectives in June, Manger confessed to stealing cash donations and proceeds from animal adoptions that were intended for the organization, said Commander Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
She was booked Monday with distribution or possession of a prescription drug without a proper prescription or order.
One daughter, Tori Manger, 19, was booked with theft of between $500 and $1,500.
Another daughter, Tawny Colleen Manger, 23, was booked with theft under $300.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, its investigation and an internal audit conducted by the PAWS board of directors found that Denise Manger and her daughter Tori sold 12 boxed of heartworm medication to a Belle Chasse resident for $300 on Nov. 6, 2012. That medicine was paid for by a check made out to cash. Tori Manger and her mother were both employed by PAWS at the time.
Tori Manger endorsed the check and cashed it, Becnel said. Neither woman had permission to sell the medicine or keep the money, he said. The heartworm medication is valued at $105.99 a box. A dozen boxes would normally have sold for $1,271.88.
On April 11, Tawny Manger, who also was employed by PAWS, endorsed a check for $125 that was meant for a pet adoption, Becnel said. The payment was not deposited into the PAWS general fund bank account. Investigators found that Tawny Manger had the person making the adoption write the check to her, Becnel said.
Earlier this year, Denise Manger had a staff veterinary technician fill a prescription for Metronidazole, an antibiotic the shelter uses to treat animals. The technician thought the prescription would be used by Manger as part of her job at the shelter. Detectives found, however, that she got the prescription for a cousin to let her save money.
Detectives later learned that Manger gave two other antibiotics, Levofloxacin and Biaxin XL, to her cousin.
The three women surrendered about at 8:40 a.m. Monday at the Belle Chasse Lockup. Denise Manger also was booked on a traffic attachment from Westwego. Tori Manger also was booked on a traffic attachment from Jefferson Parish.
Bond for Denise Manger was set at $10,000. Tori Manger’s bond was set at $5,000, and Tawny Manger’s bond was set at $1,500.
The three bailed out of jail by Monday afternoon, Becnel said.