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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Guilty verdict in Kansas pill case

Schneider

From wire services: A federal jury has found a Kansas doctor and his wife guilty of conspiring to profit from illegally prescribing painkillers to dozens of patients who later died.

Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, were convicted today of a moneymaking conspiracy prosecutors say was linked to 68 overdose deaths. They're directly charged in 21 of the deaths.

Prosecutors say the Schneiders carelessly wrote prescriptions for potent, addictive painkillers to people with severe pain but also to drug abusers who feigned symptoms.

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