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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pierre Woman Charged With Acquisition Of A Controlled Substance By Misrepresentation

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Pierre, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Acquisition of a Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation, Fraud, Forgery, Deception, and Subterfuge.

Terri Lee Morin, age 42, was indicted on September 16, 2014.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on September 25, 2014, 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 $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between January 13, 2012, and March 13, 2014, Morin knowingly and intentionally acquired and obtained possession of the controlled substances Zolpidem and Lorazepam by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, and subterfuge.

The charge is merely an accusation and Morin is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

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

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

Updated June 22, 2015