Doctor Drug-pushers: They Never Learn; They Never Stop

Dr Lawrence Wean

Dr Lawrence Wean

In the tiny town of Media Pennsylvania yet another MD has chosen to disgrace his profession – this one by committing more than 100 felonies. His crimes were among the most common to be found within the medical profession: Illegal Narcotic Prescriptions and Insurance Fraud.

Doctor Lawrence Wean, age 61, was handcuffed and taken into police custody last December after undercover detectives posed as new patients and were issued painkiller prescriptions with no true signs or symptoms of medical need. Wean’s clinic, located on the Baltimore Pike, about 12 miles west of Philadelphia, was immediately locked down.

During the trial investigators testified that they entered the clinic on multiple dates with no appointments; that they underwent no routine medical histories or physical exams; that they were simply given prescriptions for Oxycodone, Percocet and Xanax. One detective told the court he would pay $200 cash for each visit. Another reported that he used his Blue Cross insurance card – the bills for which listed treatments that were never performed.

Prosecutor Sharon McKenna was able to show the jury that Wean’s medical files had very little – and in many cases, no – patient information or treatment notes.

Wean’s clinical staff testified that the doctor ignored their warnings that many of the so-called “patients” were known in town as drug dealers. They said hundreds of people would simply walk in off the street and walk out with drug prescriptions with no demonstrated medical need.

Judge Anthony Scanlon revoked Wean’s bail after the guilty verdict was read.

Doctor Lawrence Wean’s sentencing is scheduled for December 2.

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Kansas Husband/Wife Pair Re-sentenced in Murderous Drug-pushing Clinic Scheme

Dr Stephen Schneider & wife Linda

Dr Stephen Schneider & wife Linda

A Wichita-area MD and his wife were each reissued long prison sentences last week for their convictions in a wealth-building scam that resulted in at least 68 narcotic overdose deaths. The original trial occurred in 2010. At the end of the case, U.S. District Judge Monti Belot said this:

“Even here today, I don’t think you appreciate all the harm you caused. The deaths, addictions, all to get money. If there was any decent medical care, it pales in comparison.”

Doctor Stephen Schneider, now age 62 and his wife, Linda, age 57, pleaded for mercy as the judge reassessed their original sentences. The re-sentencing was necessary because the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled in a similar case last year that a victim’s drug use must be the actual cause of death to impose the harshest punishments on physicians, under the Controlled Substances Act. Because of that ruling, Judge Belot dismissed several of the couple’s original convictions in June.

The judge agreed with the prosecution by once again sentencing the doctor to 30 years in prison and his wife, who functioned as their clinic’s business manager, to 33 years. The same punishment was imposed after the couple was convicted in 2010 of Healthcare Fraud Conspiracy resulting in deaths, Illegal Drug Prescribing, Healthcare Fraud and Money-laundering.

The couple’s clinic in the Wichita suburb of Haysville had seen as many as 2,000 people per month – many already known to law enforcement and other clinics as drug addicts.

How do many MDs see patients? Just like this: walking, talking, pill-popping ATM machines

How do many MDs see patients? Just like this: walking, talking, pill-popping ATM machines

Schneider and his wife had argued that they helped those in chronic pain and would see up to 100 patients a day. But investigators proved that the doctor spent almost no time with his so-called ‘patients’; did almost no physical assessments; kept inconsistent, or in some cases no medical records. They learned that Schneider was in the habit of leaving pre-signed prescription notes for staff to hand out when he was not even present in the clinic. Many so-called patients told police it was well-known in the community as “the place to go” for easy drugs.

“It is almost impossible for me to overstate the harm that these people caused to their community,” Judge Belot said. “Sure they are sorry here today. But it is what they did then that counts most.”

Here’s some background on the Schneiders:


Montana MD Charged With 400 Felonies: State Medical Board? ‘Business as Usual’

“There has never been a case like this in the State of Montana.” (Ravalli County D.A. Thorin Geist)


In the city of Hamilton Montana a physician has been arrested on 400 felony charges, including two counts of homicide.

Dr Chris Arthur Christensen

Dr Chris Arthur Christensen

 In his first appearance in Ravalli County District Court, Doctor Chris Christensen, age 67, pleaded not guilty to all charges on Tuesday, September 1. In addition to the two Negligent Homicide charges, the physician will have to defend himself against a stunning 389 counts of Narcotic Distribution and nine more charges of Criminal Endangerment.

Christensen, a family medicine specialist, was handcuffed and taken to jail last week at his home after an investigation that began 15 months ago, when a drug task force raided his medical office in April. According to Ravalli County District Attorney, the doctor routinely wrote illegal prescriptions to patients with no medical need, over a three-year time-frame that started in July 2011.

Two of his patients from Missoula overdosed on methadone and died. The first was 43-year-old Kara Philbrick-Lenker and the second was Gregg Griffin, age 38.

After examining evidence from the raid on the clinic, investigators learned the doctor’s illegal drug business was bringing in between $12,000-$15,000 a week – all cash.


“These types of crimes are becoming more common throughout the country.” (Special Agent Barbara Roach, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration)


Prosecutor Thorin Geist advised the court that the criminal investigation will involve the medical records of nearly 5,000 patients.

According to the Montana Board of Medical Examiners, Christensen may continue seeing patients, although the Drug Enforcement Administration reports he may not prescribe narcotics.

The doctor, who graduated from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, will return to court on October 28.

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Behavior Ad Nauseum: Doctor-Drug Dealer Goes Down in California

Dr Julio Gabriel Diaz

Dr Julio Gabriel Diaz

“Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels – in 2010, about 12 million Americans reported non-medical use of prescription painkillers.” (Timothy J. Landrum, DEA Special Agent)

In the city of Santa Barbara an MD has been found guilty in U.S. District Court on 79 felony drug trafficking charges. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that the doctor/convict would routinely write narcotic prescriptions for so-called “patients,” a large number of whom were drug addicts. Some of them overdosed and died.

Doctor Julio Gabriel Diaz, age 67, who lived in Goleta, operated The Family Medical Clinic in Santa Barbara. He was well-known in town among drug abusers as the “Candyman” – the “go-to” prescription drug dealer for high-dose addictive drugs.

Diaz was arrested in this case in January 2012.

Investigators discovered, for example, that in the year 2011 alone, Diaz wrote prescriptions for more than 1,500,000 doses of narcotics – 500 or more doses per day. The so-called “patients” always paid cash and often waited hours at a time for a visit with Diaz that would take no more than several minutes. They would then walk out with prescriptions for the most dangerous of drugs, such as muscle relaxants, opioids and anti-anxiety medications. During the trial, the prosecution called several other doctors to testify that no other physician they were aware of, would prescribe the combination and quantity of medications, as was being done on a daily basis by Diaz.

Americans: The most pill-popping people on planet Earth. And then we wonder why folks run around shooting strangers . . . .

Americans: The most pill-popping people on planet Earth. And then we wonder why folks run around shooting strangers . . . .

Two dozen of the 79 charges against Diaz were as the result of his pushing OxyContin; 10 of the charges were for methadone; seven for Dilaudid prescriptions, 10 related to fentanyl, 11 for Vicodin and Norco), 10 more for Xanax. Five charges referred to drug distributions to minors.

Evidence presented at trial by nurses, doctors and pharmacists from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital showed that numerous medical professionals joined together in a detailed report to the California State Medical Board. They then testified to investigators in a group complaint, believing that Diaz posed a serious a threat to public safety. They documented visits by patients who had been prescribed narcotics by Diaz to the ER when in distress.

It was obvious to the jury that Diaz was in the business of pushing drugs for profit only and with no real medical purpose.

Daffy Doc Diaz now faces the entirely ridiculous sentence of more than 1,000 years behind bars. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney in December.

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Drug Pushing Physician in Ohio Will Continue Life in Prison

“Drug addicts are not necessarily vulnerable victims. But many of Volkman’s patients had serious psychiatric problems, and prior suicide attempts, qualifying them for vulnerable-victim status.” (Judge Berniece Donald)


What planet does YOUR doctor come from?

What planet does YOUR doctor come from?

It took a little less than two years for Doctor Paul Volkman to kill 12 of his patients. We’re pleased to do the simple math for you: this madcap medicine man managed to end somebody’s life at least once every 60 days. He committed this torrid spree of homicide at a “no insurance, just cash” drug dealing business so inappropriately called the Tri-State Health Clinic, located in the small town of Portsmouth, Ohio. That was where he would routinely prescribe cartel volumes of narcotics to as many as 110 patients a week.

Volkman had applied for the position of clinic MD at Tri-State because he had a habit of stepping into deep legal doo-doo and no longer qualified for malpractice insurance. Not long after he arrived, the local drug stores started refusing to honor his prescriptions because it was clear to pharmacists he was improperly dosing patients. No problem for drug-dealer Volkman – as a trained pharmacist as well as a physician, he simply opened a drug store inside the clinic and presto! It was like Bowling for Dollars.

Dr Paul H Volkman

Dr Paul H Volkman

After federal DEA agents raided the clinic, the county grand jury indicted the doctor along with several others involved on a litany of felonies, including illegal drug distribution causing death. As an example, detectives found that Volkman had issued a 600+ pill prescription to one drug-addicted patient for Soma, Lortab, Xanax and oxycodone. Four of the patients whose deaths were tied to Volkman died within two days of leaving the clinic with a new prescription.

An Ohio jury convicted Volkman on four similar charges, and he was sentenced to four consecutive life terms. A three-judge panel in Cincinnati, which upheld the doctor’s sentence, released this statement:

“There is sufficient evidence to show that this man was hardly the blissfully-ignorant doctor he now makes himself out to be. A rational trier of fact can easily conclude that the entire enterprise of dispensing pills straight from the clinic was Volkman’s brainchild. That same trier of fact can determine it was highly unlikely that Volkman – a man who prided himself on knowing the inner workings of his clinic – was unaware of the clinic’s drug profits.”

The 6th Circuit panel agreed to review Volkman’s case, but reaffirmed his conviction last week, ruling that a reasonable jury could have found that Volkman’s prescriptions of oxycodone to patients had no legitimate medical purpose, and were the cause of each of their deaths.

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MD Convicted of Fraud, Corruption Gets Grade School Sentence: ‘You’re Grounded.’

Dr Paul Kelty

Dr Paul Kelty

In Harrison County Indiana a physician believed responsible for patient sexual abuse, prescription drug pushing, insurance fraud and corruption has changed his ‘not guilty’ plea to ‘guilty’ on two of the charges.

Doctor Paul Kelty, an ob/gyn specialist, was initially arrested on more than 20 felony charges after his clinic was raided in February 2013. Authorities collected boxes of evidence after pharmacies contacted the Indiana State Medical Licensing Board, reporting an unusual number of narcotic prescriptions issued by the doctor.

To underscore the point, prosecutor J. Otto Schalk revealed this: “Virtually all of his patients were being prescribed Hydrocodone. Some patients were receiving a cocktail of Hydrocodone and Xanax and that combination is eight times more likely to result in an overdose.”

Kelty's clinic, Corydon Indiana

Kelty’s clinic, Corydon Indiana

Kelty pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of corrupt business influence. In exchange, the now formerly licensed MD was sentenced to four years of home confinement.

Kelty also faces a civil lawsuit from one woman who claims a sexual assault by the doctor.

The doctor’s medical license has been revoked and he was ordered to forfeit more than $700,000 seized by investigators.

 “I think the message is clear. Follow the Indiana code, or you’ll be dealing with a prosecutor,” Schalk said.

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Our Observations:

 “I think the message is clear. Follow the Indiana code, or you’ll be dealing with a prosecutor.”

We think this message is clearer: Follow the Indiana code, or we’ll spank you and send you to your room.”


Imprisoned ‘Doctor-Murderer’ Continues to Accumulate Lawsuits

Dr William Martin Valuck

Dr William Martin Valuck

In Oklahoma City yet another civil lawsuit has been filed against Doctor William Martin Valuck, who is one year into his eight-year prison sentence. The 74-year-old osteopathic specialist is now being sued by the families of six patients who died of drug overdoses linked to narcotic prescriptions.

The most recent suit was filed in May against Valuck in Oklahoma County District Court by the mother of victim Carrie Marie Simmons, Helen Broadbooks.

Broadbooks told reporters that her daughter, who was 27 at the time of her death, had been complaining of a toothache on May 13, 2013, the day she died. She blames Valuck for her daughter’s death.

“He gave her prescriptions for one bottle of pain pills, then another and then another,” Broadbooks said. “The coroner report says she died of ‘mixed drug toxicity.’”

“These doctors get people hooked on narcotics and then they’ve got somebody that comes back over and over to pay them money.”

A steady stream of civil suits started not long after Valuck’s well-publicized arrest in December, 2013. The clinics where he worked – two which were Vista Medical Center and Advanced Care Clinic – are also named in the suits. Vista Medical Center, where numerous victims received their drug prescriptions before they died, is being sued by five of the families.

Physician Assistant Michael Hume. who worked with Valuck for nearly three years, also faces five lawsuits as a result of the fatal overdoses. Hume had his medical license revoked by the state of Oklahoma just before his boss was charged with eight counts of murder. Hume was not arrested and has not been charged with any crime.

Nearly all of the suits – which are pending in Oklahoma County District Court – cite Wrongful Death and Medical Negligence. In each suit, Valuck is accused of  writing preposterously high numbers of prescribed doses for addictive drugs.

It was almost exactly one year ago, in August 2014, that Valuck changed his “not guilty” plea to “guilty,” of eight second-degree murder charges. Shockingly, he was sentenced to one year in prison for each of the eight homicides. He is serving his term at the Oklahoma State Reformatory.

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