Published DateLACONIA — A Concord man pleaded guilty in Belknap Superior Court Tuesday to fraudulently obtaining a prescription for narcotics at the Lakes Region General Hospital emergency room and then fleeing the state after he was released on personal recognizance bail.
William Eades, 53, whose last known address was 23 Pearly St., was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 4 years in the N.H. State Prison. Including suspended sentences, he faces up to 11 years in prison. Eades was also ordered to pay LRGH $4,447.06 for medical expenses and $446.07 to the Belknap County Sheriff for extradition costs.
Concord, went to the emergency room on March 6, 2012 and told the emergency room personnel he had stomach pain.
Belknap County Prosecutor Melissa Countway Guldbrandsen said Eades used the name "Rusty Black."
She said emergency staff X-rayed him and gave him a prescription for Percocet — an oxycodone-based medication — after which he left the hospital without waiting for the results of his X-Rays.
Eades went to Walgreen's and told the pharmacist he was picking up a prescription for his friend "Rusty." Suspicious employees contacted LRGH and an investigation was started by hospital staff and Laconia detectives.
Charged with one count of uttering a false prescription and one count of obtaining a controlled drug by fraud, Eades was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and given a court date of April 12, 2012.
When he failed to show, the court issued a bench warrant and Belknap County Sheriff's Sgt. William Wright said Eades ran afoul of the Cranston, Rhode Island Police on April 8, 2013. Wright said Belknap County sheriffs returned Eades to New Hampshire on April 11 where he faced an additional charge of bail jumping.
"We will not tolerate the abuse of our medical system," said Guldbrandsen. "Not only did (Eades) illegally obtain and pass a fraudulent prescription, ... he wasted the resources of the hospital, incurring an unpaid medial bill of nearly $5,000 in the process."