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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Granite City Woman Indicted For Obtaining Controlled Substances By Fraud

Abbe L. Terry, 49, of Granite City, Illinois, was charged on May 21, 2014, for obtaining controlled substances by fraud, forgery, and deception, in an Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in East St. Louis, IL, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

Terry was indicted on three counts of obtaining Duragesic Patches (Fentanyl), a powerful Schedule II narcotic pain killer, from pharmacies by using forged prescriptions. The indictment alleged that she obtained the drugs in Madison County, Illinois on May 10, 2013, October 17, 2013 and October 23, 2013.

Terry faces up to 4 years in federal prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and a year of supervised release as to each of the three counts. A $100 Special Assessment is also assessed for each count.

An Indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.

Updated February 19, 2015