13-year veteran police officer arrested for 'doctor shopping'

Jennifer Payne Gautier (Source: Hammond Police Department)
Jennifer Payne Gautier (Source: Hammond Police Department)

HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - A 13-year veteran of the Hammond Police Department was arrested Tuesday for possession of a control dangerous substance by fraud.

During an investigation by the DEA Tactical Diversion Division, 35-year-old Jennifer Payne Gautier was found to be "doctor shopping," meaning she was seeing multiple doctors and being prescribed multiple prescriptions of controlled substances, according to officials with the Hammond Police Department.

Records show that Gautier turned herself in to the Hammond Police Department. She has been booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

She has been placed on administrative leave until "due process of civil service and state court."

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