Former stripper Pauline Wiltshire yesterday leaves Brooklyn federal court
A sexy stripper-turned-medical student might cop to playing Dr. Feelgood, entering plea negotiations with prosecutors for allegedly helping to run an illegal pill ring out of a Brooklyn hospital, attorneys said yesterday.
Pauline Wiltshire, dressed demurely in charcoal slacks, a black blouse and a camel coat, strutted into Brooklyn federal court for a brief appearance after being indicted last month for allegedly selling thousands of pills prescribed by her boyfriend, Dr. Michael Gabriel, a former resident at Methodist Hospital in Park Slope.
Wiltshire's attorney, Paul Kish, of Atlanta, announced the development yesterday during the sultry brunette's arraignment on the drug charges. If convicted, she could spend 10 years in prison.
"We're in negotiations with the government," Kish told Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom.
Assistant US Attorney Justin Lerer confirmed during the hearing that discussions are under way that could lead to Wiltshire, who is free on $100,000 bail, pleading guilty as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors.
The US Attorney's Office also hit Wiltshire with a $30,000 forfeiture request that seeks proceeds from drug sales if she's found guilty of the narcotics-dealing conspiracy.
Wiltshire, most recently a med student at Windsor University School of Medicine in St. Kitts, was part of a high-end ring, including hospital staff, that distributed the attention-deficit-disorder drug Adderall to yuppies in Park Slope and elsewhere, according to the March 3 indictment.
Federal prosecutors say the group dished out more than 11,000 pills between May 2008 and April 2010, many from prescriptions in Wiltshire's name.
Gabriel, who allegedly participated in the ring to fund his gambling habit, pleaded guilty to drug charges last September, and agreed to cooperate with the Drug Enforcement Administration probe.
The high-rolling doc prescribed many of the pills to Wiltshire, who then sold them over the Web using Craigslist, according to court documents.
Other Methodist Hospital residents, whose names have not been made public, were also part of the ring, authorities say.