Mother-Daughter trio wanted in animal shelter thefts
Chris Miller Reporting
Plaquemines Parish authorities say a mother-daughter trio is on the lam after their detectives determined they were responsible for tens of thousands of dollars being stolen from the Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society.
Over the summer, board members at PAWS contacted the sheriff's department and told them they suspected someone at the shelter was stealing funds, with at least $22,705 in pet adoption money unaccounted for. An undercover investigation led investigators to the shelter's director, Denise Manger (above, right.) Sheriff's officials say Manger, when confronted, admitted embezzling money from the shelter to support an addiction to prescription drugs.
Commander Eric Becnel says subsequent investigation led them to determine that Manger's two daughters, 19-year-old Tori Manger (above, left) and 23-year-old Tawny Manger (above, center,) were also involved.
"The investigation has determined that Tori Manger and her mother actually sold about $1,300 of heartworm medication to an individual for $300," Becnel told WWL First News.
"The other suspect, Tawny Colleen Manger...while she was working at PAWS, someone came in and adopted an animal, and she had the individual write out a check for $125," Becnel explained. "She cashed that check and never did deposit that money into the general fund."
In addition to the thefts, authorities say Denise Manger illegally distributed prescription antibiotics from the shelter to a cousin who had the same prescription, in order to save her cousin money. The sheriff's office obtained a warrant to arrest Denise Manger for distribution without a prescription order.
Becnel says Denise and Tori Manger had arranged to surrender themselves but never did. At this time, the sheriff's office does not know where any of the three are, and ask if anyone knows their whereabouts to call the sheriff's office at (504) 564-2525.