Feds Want Wichita Doc, Wife to Stay in Jail

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors are asking a federal magistrate in court papers to keep a Kansas physician and his nurse wife in jail pending trial.

Dr. Stephen J. Schneider and his wife, nurse Linda K. Schneider, are facing a 34-count indictment charging them for operating a "pill mill.'' The scheme is alleged to have directly caused the overdose deaths of at least four patients.

Court papers say they were arrested Wednesday after they engaged in an almost six-hour attempt to elude surveillance teams. The government wants them kept in jail or at least have the judge order electronic monitoring and require the doctor to surrender his medical license.

They are to appear in federal court this afternoon on counts including conspiracy, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, health care fraud, illegal monetary transactions and money laundering.

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