DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A doctor's wife was sentenced to prison for forging prescriptions to obtain painkillers.
U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt sentenced Denise Zimmerman of De Witt on Friday to 30 days in prison and ordered her to pay a $5,000 fine for 15 drug-related charges. She pleaded guilty in April to fraudulently obtaining Meperidine, a prescription painkiller also known as Demerol.
Zimmerman admitted that she obtained the drug 13 different times between April 1995 and January 1998 by forging prescriptions with blank forms belonging to her husband, Dr. Scott Zimmerman, an emergency room physician in Clinton.
Some of the prescription orders were sent to a New York drug company, which alerted federal investigators.
Zimmerman pleaded with Pratt for home confinement instead of prison, saying she needed to be at home with her three children. She said she has been through treatment and has been drug-free since Feb 9.
However, Pratt said he could not let her go without prison time because it would ``depreciate and make light of'' drug abuse.