NY doctor: My many personalities led to drug crime


NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City doctor once lauded for her AIDS treatment work is blaming her multiple personality disorder for a prescription painkillers scheme that defrauded Medicaid out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Diana Williamson wrote phony prescriptions for about 11,000 pills that were sold on the street.

Two decades ago, she made a business magazine's list of young professionals on the rise.

Defense lawyer Jonathan Marks said Monday in court Williamson also has other illnesses that would make any prison time a death sentence.

Federal Judge Loretta Preska says she'll await a prison report on the difficulty of treating Williamson's medical issues before announcing her sentence.