Doctor and his wife found guilty on conspiracy and illegal prescription charges

June 25th, 2010 - 8:30 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Wichita, Jun 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda Schneider have been found guilty of conspiracy and illegal drug prescription charges. Their prescriptions contributed to the death of 68 patients from drug overdose.

Dr. Schneider has been found guilty of 19 counts of the total 34 counts brought against him, while his wife has been found guilty in 32 counts. The couple was also charged with money laundering and conspiracy. The couple was taken in custody after the verdict, and they await sentencing later.

The couple maintained that they only provided legitimate health care. They however say they might have been duped by some of the patients, who faked pains to get them prescribe more drugs for them.

The attorney of the couple has promised to appeal the decision of the jury. Lawrence Williamson says the jurors might have been influenced by the pre-trial publicity of the case.

Some relatives of some of the dead patients praised the verdict. They said the verdict was long overdue. However they say they feel justice has finally been served.

Doctor Schneider and his wife were arrested for illegal prescription and other medical violations, that claimed the lives of several patients.

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