Big Stone Gap man sentenced to 8 years on drug charges

Travis Kilgore
Travis Kilgore

WISE, Va. — A Wise County man awaiting sentencing on federal charges related to a 182-thousand-dollar scheme to fraudulently draw unemployment benefits has been sentenced in an unrelated drug case.

Travis Kilgore, 34, of Big Stone Gap, pleaded guilty one year ago to 25 counts of prescription fraud and three counts of distributing meth. Those charges stem from two separate investigations, in which he sold meth to undercover informants in 2019 and participated in a prescription fraud conspiracy from 2014 to 2016.

Kilgore and his wife — 32-year-old Brittany McReynolds — pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy charges related to a scheme in which they filed for unemployment benefits for themselves and at least 21 other people who were not entitled to them.

They await sentencing on those charges this summer, when they each face up to 35 years in prison.