By Travis Gulbrandson Recent court activity includes three forgery convictions

A Dakota Dunes man was convicted of forgery charges relating to a video lottery scam.

Travis Law will serve two months in the South Dakota State Penitentiary relating to the incident, which took place at Coyote Convenience.

"He was going around to businesses that have video lottery machines," Clay County States Attorney Teddi Gertsma explained in an interview last week. "He would get a winning ticket (for a small amount), and then he would alter it to a higher amount, and then go and get the money out of it."

Gertsma said she has no idea of how the forgery was accomplished.

"It was working for him," she said, "because he not only did it in Clay County, he did it in Union, Yankton, Minnehaha, and he tried it in Lincoln, but they caught him in the attempt, and he left."

Law was not charged in the other counties because it was more efficient for one county to take the lead, Gertsma said.

"We asked for restitution for all the counties," she said. "That way, each county didn't have to do all of the work."

Law was sentenced on Dec. 21, 2012, getting 60 months in the state penitentiary, with 58 months suspended. Along with $8,330 in restitution, he will have to pay assorted court costs and attorney fees totaling more than $500.

In addition to the charge of forgery, Law also was cited with possession of a controlled substance, for which he received a four-year suspended sentence to the state pen.

Dec. 21 also was the date of sentencing for a Texas couple facing their own forgery charges.

Juliana Adams and Kenneth Story each were convicted of forgery, while Adams was cited on the additional charges of identity theft and obtaining/attempting to obtain a prescription by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

"In September, law enforcement received a report from Wal-Mart regarding what they thought was some suspicious activity regarding prescription drugs," Gertsma said. "The pharmacist noted that the names coming through were for the same pain medication, and the names all went back to a Texas address.

At the time of their citation, the couple gave their address as The Banquet in Sioux Falls.

"What these two were doing was forging names and obtaining prescription drugs," Gertsma said.

Adams also stole a person's wallet and used it in Vermillion, Gertsma added.

For the charge of forgery, Adams was charged with five years in the state penitentiary with one year suspended. She received two years in the pen for identity theft, and an additional year in jail for obtaining/attempting to obtain a prescription by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

According to the media court report provided by Clay County, Adams' penitentiary sentence for identity theft will run concurrent to the one for forgery.

She also will be required to pay court costs and attorney's fees.

For his part, Story was sentenced to four years in the state penitentiary, with two years suspended and 32 days credited. Along with court-appointed attorney fees, he will be required to pay $104 in court costs, $40.65 in state prosecution costs and restitution to Wal-Mart of $4.

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