Metro police officer indicted last year on prescription fraud charges fired

Monday, January 9, 2012 at 7:55pm
Staff reports
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Donald Lawman

A Metro police officer indicted last year on suspicion of prescription medication fraud lost his job with the department Monday.

Officer Donald Lawman, 36, was decommissioned in May 2010 after police learned of his possible criminal activity. Last May, a grand jury indicted Lawman, along with his wife Jennifer Marie Vardaman, for allegedly obtaining prescription medication by fraud.

Lawman was fired Monday at a disciplinary hearing regarding the allegations of prescription fraud. The criminal case against the two is still pending.

Lawman graduated from the Metro Police Training Academy in November 2007.

4 Comments on this post:

By: treehugger7 on 1/10/12 at 7:10

Ironic name...

By: Rasputin72 on 1/10/12 at 7:38

There are days when I wonder if anyone of noble character applies for a job as a Metro policeman?

By: concretemike on 1/10/12 at 4:09

You read the application wrong Rasputin72 It doesn't ask if you have character it wants to know if you are one!!!! Once you pass the interview, can spell your name and haven't convicted of hiting the wife or been a drunk the last 60 days or so you are is you meter maid cart until we get you in the Police Training Academy.....don't forget your quota!!!!

What really kills me is the length of time between being indicted last year, decommissioned in May 2010 and fired on Monday 1-10-12.....

By: wasaw on 1/11/12 at 9:13

concretemike, the reason it took so long for him to be fired was not in the hands of the Chief. The D.A.s office is in total control of presentments to the Grand Jury and the Chief's advisors must have felt the department needed to wait till the formal indictment was let.

There is always a legitimate reason. The Chief didn't want to continue paying a criminal no more than you or I.