Eric Kimmel Plough, convicted of drug charges for illegally obtaining prescriptions for non-existent illnesses, was sentenced in U.S. District Court yesterday to serve one to four years in prison.
Plough had pleaded guilty in December to one count of obtaining the naroctic Dilaudid by fraud and one count of possession with intent to distribute the drug.
The government contended in court papers that Plough told physicians here that he was new in the area and presented them with a packet of medical records which described illnesses that required various medication, including Dilaudid.
Plough revisited some of the doctors, claiming he had lost prescriptions and at some times, saw two physicians on the same day, the government said in papers submitted to Chief Judge William B. Bryant prior to sentencing.
The government contended that Plough obtained the drugs to support his own narcotics habit and for distribution "as his only source of income."
Plough's attorney, Thomas Abbenante had asked Bryant to consider a doctor's report that Plough suffers from Munchausen's Syndrome, a mental disorder in which healthy persons fake medical records and seek hospitalization because they want the attention of medical personnel.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas J. Blair said Plough is currently being held at the Alexandria City jail pending trial on similar drug charges.