Nurse practitioner indicted

The United States Attorney’s Office has announced a federal grand jury has indicted Bonnie J. Sherrard, 46, for illegally dispensing and distributing controlled substances.

The indictment alleges that Sherrard was a licensed nurse practitioner licensed working with a physician in Ruston. According to officials, the indictment seeks forfeiture of Sherrard’s license to practice as a nurse practitioner in Louisiana.

Documents also stated Sherrard was allegedly authorized to distribute and dispense controlled substances as long as the acts were in accordance with the collaborative practice agreement between her and the physician. Sherrard allegedly had a DEA Registration Number issued to her for use in distributing and dispensing controlled substances, but she was not authorized to prescribe controlled substances to treat chronic pain or in connection with the treatment of family members.

From January 11, 2020 through November 27, 2020, Sherrard allegedly distributed and dispensed controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional practice to members of her family. According to officials, the controlled substances included Clonazepam, Xanax, Hydrocodone, and Adderall.

If convicted, Sherrard faces 20 years in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. She also faces 4 years in federal prison for Illegal Use of a DEA Registration Number issued to another person.