Stephen Schneider MD and his wife, Linda, a nurse, were charged in a 34-count indictment with unlawful dispensing of drugs, health-care fraud and money laundering. Thursday, a federal jury found them guilty on many of them, including some linked to the overdose deaths of 21 people. hey also found the doctor’s prescriptions led to 107 overdoses at local emergency rooms. Each faces up to a life sentence, with the most serious counts carrying a minimum of 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors had argued that 68 people died as a result of their over prescribing. Even when the doctor and his wife were advised their patients were dropping like flies by emergency rooms, hospitals, law enforcement, family members and morgues, Schneider made no changes in his free flowing prescription practices.
The doctor’s attorney, Lawrence Williamson, said after the verdict that it was “a sad day for our justice system. Dr. Schneider … (Continued...)