Former USD Student Leader Talks Addiction, Recovery

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You may remember a 2012 tax fraud case that put a former USD student leader behind bars. 

In October 2014, then USD Student Government President Terry Liggins pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy to defraud the United States and aggravated identity theft for his role in a nine-person tax fraud scheme that involved false income tax returns. At the time, at least six had ties to the University of South Dakota. 

Liggins spent 14 months in a federal prison in Yankton. He admits that his addiction to marijuana and alcohol played a role in his going to prison. Once he was released, he discovered the Face It Together organization when he picked up a pamphlet. He says in the 10 months since, he has since learned what recovery really means.

“Definitely like a whole new world of ‘Wow’ when I start to learn what recovery is,” Liggins said. 

In tonight’s Eye on KELOLAND, Dan Santella provides a glimpse into Liggins’ ongoing recovery. You’ll hear how he’s managed to stay sober despite the temptations he now faces outside of prison  and what he believes is a key to staying on the right path.

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