The Latest: Prison sentences upheld in Kansas overdose case

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Haysville doctor, wife sentenced to prison after being convicted in moneymaking conspiracy linked to 68 overdose deaths.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The latest developments in the re-sentencing of Kansas doctor and his wife who were convicted of running a moneymaking conspiracy at a clinic that prosecutors have linked to 68 drug-overdose deaths (all times local): Defense attorneys say they’ll appeal the decades-long prison sentences given to a Kansas doctor and his wife who were convicted on charges linking their clinic to dozens of overdose deaths. But prosecutors say the couple created a clinic permeated by fraud that cost numerous lives, created many addictions and cost government health care programs millions of dollars.

The same punishment was imposed after the couple was convicted in 2010 of conspiracy to commit health care fraud resulting in deaths, unlawfully prescribing drugs, health care fraud and money laundering. Belot set the case for resentencing after a Supreme Court ruling last year that a victim’s drug use must be the actual cause of death – not just a contributing factor – to impose the harshest penalties under the federal Controlled Substances Act. During trial, the government’s case centered on the years from 2002 to 2008, when Stephen Schneider saw patients and Linda Schneider, a licensed practical nurse, managed the business of Schneider Medical Clinic at 7030 S. District Judge Monti Belot said Thursday that it would be nearly impossible to assess in the criminal case how much money the couple owed former patients.

Prosecutors presented evidence that the Schneiders billed more than $4 million to Medicaid and other health insurance providers while they operated the clinic unlawfully, distributing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, falsifying insurance claims, and engaging in unlawful financial transactions with the proceeds of the crimes. Schneider made headlines in Haysville,” Wall said. “Local doctors still look the other way and do everything to protect bad doctors.” Deaths linked to addictive prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin have reached an estimated 16,000 per year nationwide.

At Indian Alcoholism Treatment Services, drug counselor Bobby Fulgroat Jr. often talks about his former girlfriend and longtime friend Mary Sue Ladomirak, who died in 2006 of an overdose. Pat Hatcher, Linda Schneider’s sister who prepared copies of medical records for patients after the clinic closed, still occasionally recognizes the name of a former patient when she reads the obituaries or gets a call about a death. But Hatcher blames the deaths on patients’ inability to find medical care because doctors are scared of facing of prosecution if they write them prescriptions.

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