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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 16, 2013

Rosebud Woman Charged With Acquiring Controlled Substances By Fraud And Theft In Connection With Healthcare

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Acquiring Controlled Substances by Fraud and Theft in Connection with Healthcare.

Bonnie Melissa Levy, age 38, was indicted on December 10, 2013.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 11, 2013, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 4 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and $125 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between January 1, 2013, and October 30, 2013, Levy knowingly and intentionally acquired and obtained possession of a controlled substance, Morphine.  Further alleged is that she embezzled, stole, and converted without authority to her own use when she was not the rightful owner, Morphine and Benadryl, of a value of less than $100.  The items were the property of the Rosebud Indian Health Services Facility, a healthcare benefit program in Rosebud.

The charges are merely accusations and Levy is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Office of the Inspector General.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.   

Levy was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015