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Rosebud Woman Charged With False Statements Relating To Health Care Matters And Attempt To Obtain Controlled Substance By Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, 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.

Letha Leroy, age 48, was indicted on January 15, 2014.  She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 31, 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 $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The charges stem from an incident that took place on January 23, 2013, when Leroy presented a forged prescription to a pharmacy to obtain Vicodin pills, knowing the prescription was falsified.

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

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

Leroy was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has been set for March 25, 2014.

Updated June 22, 2015