Former teacher accused of stealing drugs from co-workers pleads guilty
A former Cheboygan County kindergarten teacher has pleaded guilty to several charges after she stole prescription drugs from her co-workers.
Tammy Lafrinere was originally facing seven counts ranging from drug charges to home invasion and theft. One of those counts was dropped before she entered her plea.
The first reported incident was in May when LaFrinere was accused of stealing pills from a fellow teacher's purse at West Elementary School in Cheboygan.
Police said over a three day span, Lafrinere stole 90 Vicodin pills.
After the first teacher turned her in, another stepped forward with an accusation from a couple months prior to this incident. The second teacher claimed that Lafrinere broke into her home while she was away.
"Whenever she knew that someone might be out of the classroom, she seemed to be able to find the timing to go in and search," said Kurt Jones, Cheboygan Public Safety Director.
Lafrinere resigned from her job at West Elementary School after the incident. Mark Dombrowski, Superintendent of Cheboygan Public Schools, said it is school policy not to comment on personnel matters.
LaFrinere will be back in court on November 12 for a sentencing hearing. She could face up to 15 years in prison.