A husband and wife once on the professional side of law enforcement have now found themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Former Metro Police Officer Donald E. Lawman and his wife Jennifer Marie Vardaman, a former Davidson County Sheriff’s Office employee, surrendered Tuesday night on the heels of a grand jury indictment charging them with fraudulently obtaining prescription medications.
Both have been released on bond.
The indictment names Vardaman, (also known as Jennifer Lynn Lawman), 36, in all 16 counts, charging her primarily with allegedly obtaining the painkiller hydrocodone fraudulently over a span of nearly two years between April 2008 and March 2010.
Her husband, also 36, is named as a co-defendant in two counts alleging he fraudulently obtained the drug alprazolam (also known as Xanax) as well as hydrocodone.
The police department decommissioned Lawman in May 2010, after suspicions arose of him receiving excessive amounts of prescription medication. Lawman worked as a Flex Unit officer on the Hermitage Precinct’s evening shift.
Lawman started as a police officer trainee on July 1, 2007. The department suspended him for six days for improperly storing his department-issued shotgun in his personal vehicle, which resulted in the weapon being stolen, in January 2010.
Police believe the couple illegally obtained the drugs for their own personal use and that now-deceased Dr. Carey Browder, who practiced in Smyrna, was involved in this scheme and provided the prescriptions.