Delcambre officer booked on pain medication counts

State Police arrested a Delcambre police officer Tuesday on suspicion of pain medication fraud.

Officer Raleigh Cheramie, 38, was booked on seven counts of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud, seven counts of altering a prescription for a controlled dangerous substance and seven counts of health care fraud, Troop I said in a news release.

Troop I said state detectives started looking into Cheramie after Delcambre Police Chief James Broussard requested an investigation earlier this year.

Broussard told Troop I he believed Cheramie was altering the prescriptions for pain medication written by his doctor.

“He would alter them so he could receive more than the prescribed number of pills,” the news release said.

“Detectives found on seven different occasions, between March 2013 and August 2013, in which he did this.

“Detectives also discovered he used his health insurance to pay for the medication,” the news release said.

Cheramie, of Delcambre, turned himself in Tuesday at the Vermilion Parish Jail.