EAST ST. LOUIS — A Granite City woman has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs from Alton pharmacies.
In a press release Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton said Abbe L. Terry, 49, pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment charging that she obtained controlled substances by fraud and forgery. Sentencing has been set for 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. Terry is facing up to four years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.
Terry admitted that on May 10, 2013, Oct. 13, 2013, and Oct. 23, 2013, she fraudulently obtained Duragesic patches, which release the prescription painkiller fentanyl through the skin. Terry admitted she devised forged prescriptions on a computer to obtain the patches from Alton pharmacies.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ranley R. Killian.