Conspiracy charge sticks for Kansas doctor, wife
Authorities say the Schneiders handed out pills to collect money from patient insurers. People who had severe pain and even drug abusers who concocted symptoms were easily given addictive painkillers from the Schneiders, the court found. The couple will face 20 years to life in prison.
Stephen Schneider, 56, was the owner of Schneider Medical clinic in the suburbs of Wichita, Kansas. His wife, Linda Schneider, was the nurse who also acted as the clinic's manager. Investigators said the couple continued to freely write prescriptions even after they were notified of their patients' ER visits and later deaths, and that Schneider was known amongst area patients as the "Candy Man."
Stephen Schneider stated that he was duped by patients. He claimed that he only wanted to help patients who complained about pain. But prosecutors argued that it's a doctor's responsibility to ensure patient safety by going through normal protocol.