States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Chamberlain, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters and Attempt to Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud.
Marcella His Law, a/k/a Michelle His Law, age 45, was indicted on January 15, 2014. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 24, 2014, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 5 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
The Indictment alleges that on August 5, 2013, His Law, in a matter involving a health care benefit program, knowingly and willfully presented a falsified prescription for Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, to the Indian Health Services Pharmacy in Ft. Thompson, South Dakota.
The charges are merely accusations and His Law is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges is prosecuting the case.
His Law was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.