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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Altoona Woman Charged with Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A resident of Altoona, Pa., was indicted on April 24, 2019, by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal narcotics law, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count indictment named Laura M. Singh, 36, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from on or about October 17, 2017, to on or about April 18, 2018, Singh obtained a controlled substance by fraud.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Maureen S. Sheehan-Balchon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Veterans Affairs conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Singh.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

Topic(s): 
Prescription Drugs
Updated May 1, 2019