A Kansas physician is charged with illegally prescribing drugs in a scheme that allegedly caused the deaths of four patients.
Federal prosecutors say Stephen Schneider, 54, operated a "pill mill" out of his Haysville clinic.
A Topeka grand jury returned a 34-count indictment Thursday morning against Schneider and his 49-year-old wife Linda. She is a nurse.
Kansas U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren made the announcement of the indictments Thursday. "The Schneiders ignored all the red flags that healthcare providers gave regarding warnings that their patients were becoming addicted, or were abusing," Melgren said.
"Patients who the indictment alleges died directly as a result of accidentally overdosing on the prescriptions that he provided," Melgren said.
The Schneiders are charged with conspiracy, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, health care fraud, illegal monetary transactions and money laundering.
The Schneiders are scheduled to be in U.S. District Court Friday.