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Trial of Kansas Pain Doctors Will be on Our Radar

"A lawyer's performance in the courtroom is responsible for about 25 percent of the outcome -- the remaining 75 percent depends on the facts." Melvin Belli (prominent American attorney July 29, 1907 – July 9, 1996)

The Pain Relief Network (PRN) defends physicians who are charged with running
The Pain Relief Network defends "pill mills" physicians

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - Beginning Monday, April 26 I will be writing about the a trial taking place in Wichita, Kansas.

Marianne Skolek

It is expected to run six to eight weeks. The 69 page indictment against the Schneiders suggests a serious pattern of questionable drug dealing and a large number of related deaths.

They are charged with:

  • Conspiracy,
  • Unlawful Distribution,
  • Dispensing of Controlled Substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death,
  • Health Care Fraud resulting in serious injury and death.

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The indictment against the Schneiders reads in part as follows:

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
(WICHITA DOCKET)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

Plaintiff

vs

STEPHEN J. SCHNEIDER
and
LINDA K. SCHNEIDER
a/k/a
LINDA K. ATTERBURY
d/b/a SCHNEIDER MEDICAL CLINIC
Defendants
_______________________________

Until January 29, 2008, when the Kansas Board of Healing Arts suspended his license to practice medicine, defendant STEPHEN J. SCHNEIDER was a doctor of osteopathic medicine, licensed in Kansas, and board certified in family medicine.

Until March 31, 2008, when her licensed expired, defendant LINDA K. SCHNEIDER, a/k/a LINDA K. ATTERBURY, was a Licensed Practical Nurse (“LPN”).

On or about June 4, 2002, defendants STEPHEN J. SCHNEIDER and LINDA K. SCHNEIDER organized Schneider Medical Clinic, L.L.C. (“the Clinic”), and by the Fall of 2002, opened a newly-built medical clinic at 7030 S. Broadway Street, Haysville, Kansas.

Since its inception, defendants STEPHEN J. SCHNEIDER and LINDA K. SCHNEIDER have owned and operated the Clinic, and defendant LINDA K. SCHNEIDER has served as the general manager of the Clinic. In her capacity as general manager of the Clinic, defendant LINDA K. SCHNEIDER directed Clinic operations, including hiring and firing staff, how the Clinic scheduled patients, and how the Clinic billed Health Care Benefit Programs for medical services the Clinic ostensibly provided.

From at least in or about January 2002, and continuing to in or about January 2008, defendants STEPHEN J. SCHNEIDER and LINDA K. SCHNEIDER purported to be providing “Pain Management” treatment for chronic pain patients through family medical practices, including the Clinic. Defendants STEPHEN J. SCHNEIDER and LINDA K. SCHNEIDER did not operate a legitimate medical practice, but instead were engaged in a conspiracy and scheme to distribute and dispense controlled substances illegally, to defraud Health Care Benefit Programs of money, and to defraud patients of money by running what was, in essence, a “prescription mill” and a “narcotics delivery system”, commonly known as a “Pill Mill.”

As a result of the defendants’ operating a Pill Mill instead of a legitimate medical practice, that is, as a result of their conspiracy to illegally distribute controlled drugs and scheme to defraud, numerous patients were hospitalized due to overdoses of prescribed drugs, and numerous patients died of such overdoses. Beginning at least as early as February 2002, defendants Stephen J. Schneider and Linda K. Schneider were on repeated notice that their purported “pain management treatment” practices were resulting in patient deaths and overdoses, yet the defendants did nothing to alter their practices. Consequently, deaths and overdoses continued. At least the following number of defendants’ patients – 68 – died of drug overdoses in the following years, from in or about February 2002, and continuing through in or about February 2008:

Below are the names of the people who will not have a voice during the trial -- a verdict reached by a jury will be their voice.

 

Name              Age      On or about 1st Office Visit      On or about Last Office Visit      On or about Date of Death

Heather M        28        Aug. 27, 2001                               Feb. 8, 2002                                  Feb. 9, 2002

Billie R              45        Oct. 19, 2001                               May 2, 2002                                  May 4, 2002

William M         36        Nov. 12, 2002                              Jan. 28, 2003                                 Feb. 4, 2003

Leslie C            49        April 9, 1996                                 Feb. 9, 2003                                 Feb. 14, 2003

David B            47        Nov. 18, 2002                              March 12, 2003                            March 15, 2003

Terry C            48         Oct. 12, 2001                              April 8, 2003                                 April 14, 2003

Lynnise G        35          May 23, 2002                             April 23, 2003                               April 30, 2003

Mary S            52          Feb. 6, 2003                              June 11, 2003                                June 16, 2003

Dustin L          18          June 26, 2003                             June 26, 2003                                June 27, 2003

Marie H          43          Dec. 24, 2002                            May 28, 2003                                June 30, 2003

Jessie D          21          March 4, 2003                            June 27, 2003                               July 11, 2003

Boyce B         59          June 29, 2003                             July 23, 2003                                July 25, 2003

Kandace B     43          July 10, 2003                              Nov. 12, 2003                              Nov. 14, 2003

Katherine S    46          July 9, 2003                                Nov. 19, 2003                              Nov. 25, 2003

Robert S        31          June 2, 2003                               Dec. 7, 2003                                 Dec. 8, 2003

Deborah S     44          Jan. 3, 2003                                May 5, 2003                                 Feb. 5, 2004

Shannon Mi   38          July 27, 2003                               Dec. 9, 2003                                Feb. 23, 2004

Danny C        35         April 21, 2003                              March 5, 2004                             March 6, 2004

Vickie H        53         June 26, 2003                              March 16, 2004                           April 11, 2004

James C        33         March 3, 2004                             June 8, 2004                                June 9, 2004

Shannon Me 25          July 24, 2003                              June 4, 2004                                June 22, 2004

Ancira W     45           Sept. 25, 2002                           June 15, 2004                               July 12, 2004

Darrell H      24           Nov. 12, 2002                           July 15, 2004                                July 17, 2004

Michael H    37           March 9, 2004                           Aug. 26, 2004                              Sept. 12, 2004

Patricia C     43          Nov. 8, 2001                              Oct. 4, 2004                                Oct. 6, 2004

Jon P           36          April 23, 2004                             Oct. 8, 2004                               Oct. 20, 2004

Tresa W      43           Sept. 15, 2003                            Nov. 29, 2004                            Dec. 16, 2004

Jeff H          45           Jan. 10, 2003                              Dec. 8, 2004                               Dec. 29, 2004

Russell H     24           Aug. 23, 2003                            Jan. 12, 2005                               Jan. 19, 2005

Michael B    48           Sept. 30, 2004                           Jan. 28, 2005                               Feb. 2, 2005

Amber G     22           Aug. 13, 2003                            Jan. 3, 2005                                 Feb. 26, 2005

Christine B  45            Dec. 11, 2001                           Dec. 3, 2004                                April 7, 2005

Victor J       48           Jan. 24, 2005                             April 15, 2004                              April 22, 2005

Randall P    44            March 10, 2005                        April 22, 2005                              May 3, 2005

Michael F   49            Jan. 10, 2005                            May 9, 2005                                 May 11, 2005

Deborah M 52            Feb. 23, 2005                           May 4, 2005                                 May 15, 2005

Patricia G   49             Feb. 1, 2003                             June 18, 2005                               June 20, 2005

Dustin B     22             Jan. 20, 2005                            Feb. 27, 2005                               June 21, 2005

Jerad M     24             July 9, 2004                              June 13, 2005                                June 22, 2005

Earl A        29              Sept. 22, 2004                         June 29, 2005                                July 3, 2005

Brad S       53              Oct. 15, 2004                          June 30, 2005                                July 11, 2005

Clifford C  39              July 23, 2003                           June 29, 2005                                July 27, 2005

Sue B        38              Oct. 21, 2002                          May 12, 2005                                Aug. 1, 2005

Jason P      21             Aug. 19, 2003                          June 29, 2005                                Sept. 4, 2005

Randall S   52             April 27, 2005                          Nov. 12, 2005                               Nov. 19, 2005

Thomas F   46             Feb. 15, 2005                          Jan. 5, 2006                                  Jan. 9, 2006

Toni W       37             Dec. 30, 1999                          Feb. 16, 2006                               Feb. 18, 2006

Marilyn R    39            Aug. 16, 2004                           March 16, 2006                           April 5, 2006

Dalene C     45            Aug. 25, 2003                           April 19, 2006                             April 21, 2006

Eric T          46            June 2, 2003                             April 19, 2006                             April 23, 2006

Jo Jo R        46            Feb. 26, 2005                           June 5, 2006                               June 7, 2006

Mary Sue L 55            Jan. 30, 2002                            June 13, 2006                             June 14, 2006

Pamela F     42            March 31, 2003                        July 21, 2006                              July 22, 2006

Deborah W 53            July 18, 2003                             Sept. 7, 2006                             Sept. 9, 2006

Jeffrey J      39             May 5, 2004                             Oct. 23, 2006                            Oct. 24, 2006

Ronald W   56             June 29, 2004                           March 20, 2007                         March 23, 2007

Evelyn S     50             Dec. 12, 2004                           April 16, 2007                           April 17, 2007

Robin G      45            July 13, 2004                             May 11, 2007                            May 15, 2007

Ralph S       44            Jan. 16, 2003                             May 15, 2007                            July 23, 2007

Patsy W      49            Dec. 2, 1999                              July 16, 2007                             July 26, 2007

Donna D      48           Dec. 27, 2005                            July 19, 2007                             Aug. 16, 2007

Lucy S.        61           Aug. 29, 2003                            Aug. 23, 2007                           Aug. 28, 2007

Gyna G        33           Feb. 10, 2004                            Oct. 4, 2007                              Oct. 7, 2007

Casey G       28           Sept. 4, 2007                             Sept. 13, 2007                           Oct. 23, 2007

Julia F           50          June 20, 2007                             Nov. 20, 2007                           Nov. 28, 2007

Rebecca T    54          May 2, 2006                               Nov. 17, 2007                           Dec. 24, 2007

Jane E          40           Jan. 8, 2003                                Jan. 12, 2008                            Jan. 26, 2008

John D          52          June 23, 2003                             Jan. 3, 2008                               Feb. 10, 2008

 

 

"It's sort of an obsession with me to do the best I can for a client.  My clients aren't blameless. Many of them are crooks.  Probably a lot of them are guilty. That's not for me to determine. That's for a jury to determine."  Perry Mason

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Salem-News.com Reporter Marianne Skolek, is an Activist for Victims of OxyContin throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2007, she testified against Purdue Pharma in Federal Court in Virginia at the sentencing of their three CEO's who pled guilty to charges of marketing OxyContin as less likely to be addictive or abused to physicians and patients. She also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007. Marianne works with government agencies and private attorneys in having a voice for her daughter Jill, who died in 2002 after being prescribed OxyContin, as well as the voice for scores of victims of OxyContin. She has been involved in her work for the past 7-1/2 years and is currently working on a book that exposes Purdue Pharma for their continued criminal marketing of OxyContin.

Marianne is a nurse having graduated in 1991 as president of her graduating class. She also has a Paralegal certification. Marianne served on a Community Service Board for the Courier News, a Gannet newspaper in NJ writing articles predominantly regarding AIDS patients and their emotional issues. She was awarded a Community Service Award in 1993 by the Hunterdon County, NJ HIV/AIDS Task Force in recognition of and appreciation for the donated time, energy and love in facilitating a Support Group for persons with HIV/AIDS.

oxydeaths.com/news_chilling.htm
nytimes.com/2007/05/10/business/11drug-web.html?
blog.nj.com/njv_bob_braun/2007/07/sometimes_only_justice_can_rel.html
judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/testimony.cfm?id=2905&wit_id=6612
You can send Marianne an email at: mskolek@aol.com
oxydeaths.com




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