- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The former president of the Wyoming Board of Nursing and a senior Wyoming Department of Health official face felony charges alleging illegal delivery of a prescription painkiller.

The Laramie County District Attorney’s Office last week filed a charge against Cynthia Woods of Wheatland alleging illegal delivery of hydrocodone.

Laramie County District Attorney Jeremiah Sandburg declined comment on the charges Tuesday. Woods faces a preliminary hearing in Laramie County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Cynthia LaBonde, executive director at the Wyoming Board of Nursing, said Tuesday that Woods resigned last week as board president.

Cheyenne lawyer Marci Bramlet represents Woods. Bramlet declined comment Tuesday.

Prosecutors charged Eric McVicker with being an accessory to delivery of the drug. Court records identify McVicker as chief financial officer of the Wyoming Department of Health.

Records don’t reflect if McVicker has an attorney yet. Attempts to reach him for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful. Kim Deti, a spokeswoman for the Health Department, said Tuesday he remains employed as chief financial officer.

Brad Wnuk, special agent with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, swore out a statement to support the charges filed against Woods and McVicker. Wnuk’s statement says the following:

- A Cheyenne lawyer who was representing Elizabeth McVicker in a divorce proceeding against Eric McVicker contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and reported that Elizabeth McVicker had discovered email correspondence during the divorce that indicated Woods was providing controlled substances to Eric McVicker.

- Eric McVicker previously had worked as CEO of Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, where Woods worked as a nurse.

- Wnuk and another DCI agent interviewed Eric McVicker on May 18. “McVicker stated he had been provided Vicodin by Woods approximately 10 times between 2010 and 2014,” Wnuk stated. He stated that McVicker said he had received a total of about 20 tablets of Vicodin, a brand name for a drug that contains hydrocodone.

- Woods brought the tablets to McVicker in Cheyenne, Wnuk stated. “Most of the time, the two would meet in Cheyenne because Woods had traveled to Cheyenne for her position on the Board of Nursing,” he wrote.

- Wnuk and another DCI agency interviewed Woods at her office in Wheatland on May 18. After the agents told Woods that McVicker had told them she had given him the drug, “she then admitted that she had, on occasion, provided narcotics to McVicker,” Wnuk wrote.

- Woods told agents that she had not taken any of the drugs that she provided to McVicker from her husband, a medical doctor.

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