Prosecutors Seek Life Sentence for Kansas Family Practitioner, Wife for Healthcare Fraud, False Prescriptions, Other Allegations

Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to sentence a Haysville, Kan., physician and his wife to life in prison for allegations including healthcare fraud and false prescriptions, according to a Kansas City Star news report.

Stephen Schneider, MD, has been accused and found guilty of working with his wife, Linda Schneider, to fraudulently prescribe drugs that prosecutors say are linked to 68 overdose deaths. The couple was also found guilty of money laundering and healthcare fraud, according to the report.

Federal prosecutors are claiming more than $20 million in losses for clinical services and prescriptions and more than 90 insurance programs and 500 patients have been defrauded on account of the couple's alleged fraudulent activity, according to the report. Details of what clinical services were falsely billed for and to which insurance companies were not disclosed in the report.

Sentencing for Dr. and Mrs. Schneider is scheduled for Oct. 19.

Read the Kansas City Star news report about Dr. Stephen Schneider's fraud.

Read other coverage about physician fraud:

- Physician Fugitive Arrested After Returning to Oregon From Overseas, Allegedly Improperly Prescribed Medication and Other Charges

- Illinois Pediatrician Gets 3 Years Probation for Falsely Billing Health Insurance Companies for Free Vaccines Provided by CDC

- Florida Board of Medicine Comes Down Hard on Pain Physicians Guilty of Fraud

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