June 25, 2010

Doctor Wife Conspiracy: Guilty

A Kansas city doctor and his wife have been found guilty of running a deadly conspiracy so sell addictive painkillers to patients, some of whom died because of the drugs.

According to the charges, they wrote prescriptions for people they knew did not need the drugs, in addition to giving them to chronic pain sufferers. They were found guilty of money laundering and unlawful writing of prescriptions. Their conspiracy resulted in a horrifying 68 deaths.

The Doctor, who had become known as the "Candy Man", insisted he was duped by devious patients, and never intended to give out prescription drugs illegally.

Doctor Wife Conspiracy

A federal jury Thursday found a Kansas doctor and his wife guilty of conspiring to profit from illegally prescribing painkillers to dozens of patients who later died, in a case highlighting medical treatment of chronic pain sufferers and prescription drug abuse. Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, were charged in a 34-count indictment with unlawful dispensing of drugs, health care fraud and money laundering. Jurors convicted them of a moneymaking conspiracy that prosecutors linked to 68 overdose deaths. They were directly charged in 21 of the deaths.

Posted at June 25, 2010 2:19 AM