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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Granite City Woman Peads Guilty To Controlled Substances By Fraud

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Abbe L. Terry, 49, of Granite City, Illinois, pled guilty to a three-count indictment charging that she obtained controlled substances by fraud and forgery. Sentencing has been set for January 12, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. Terry will face up to 4 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release as to each count.

At her plea, Terry admitted that on May 10, 2013, October 13, 2013, and October 23, 2013, she had, through the use of fraud and forgery, obtained Duragesic Patches, referred to as Fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance. Terry admitted that she used forged prescriptions that she had made on a home computer to obtain the controlled substances that had not been lawfully prescribed to her. Terry obtained the substances from pharmacies in Alton, Illinois.

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

Updated February 19, 2015