By Mira Wassef
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A Staten Island woman who is banned from visiting all state prisons allegedly used her cousin’s name to gain access to an upstate maximum-security facility, authorities said.
Colleen Morris is accused of repeatedly visiting the Attica Correctional Facility in Wyoming County from September 2016 to August 2017, according to the indictment filed in Wyoming County Court.
She was indicted last month on 25 felony charges, including second-degree forgery, offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and third-degree burglary.
A person is guilty of burglary in the third degree when he knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime.
Morris’ crime was the alleged intent of filing the fake paperwork, the indictment said.
She pleaded not guilty last week to all the charges.
Morris was prohibited from going to the Attica Correctional Facility because she was allegedly caught smuggling drugs into the prison, according to the Batavia News.
Assistant District Attorney Greg Kilburn said Morris is banned from visiting any inmates at all state department of correction facilities.
The nature of that case is not public information, he said.