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A jury in Los Angeles Superior Court found a Chinese-American physician guilty of multiple charges of Murder last week, in a stunning verdict that the District Attorney’s office said was the first case of its kind in U.S. history.
Doctor Hsiu Ying Tseng, age 45, was convicted at the end of a 6-week trial, of killing three patients by over-prescribing powerful drugs to them, which directly led to their deaths. The jury also determined she was guilty of 19 other instances of illegally prescribing narcotics and yet another charge of fraudulently obtaining narcotics. Some of the drugs involved included methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as Valium and Xanax.
Although the case was limited to three patients – Joseph Rovero, age 21; Vu Nguyen, age 28 and Steve Ogle, 24 – investigators are convinced that Tseng is actually responsible for nine other overdose deaths, during a 36-month period that started in 2006. Tseng, who specialized in internal medicine, was routinely dispensing powerful addictive drugs to patients with no medical need and who were often already seriously addicted. Detectives discovered that during that time the drug-pushing MD brought in at least $5,000,000 in clinic profits.
The Drug Enforcement Administration reported that Tseng wrote more than 27,000 prescriptions over a three-year period, at a pace of at least 25 per day, with minimal or no medical histories performed.
According to District Attorney John Niedermann, Tseng documented no adequate patient charts, nor did she keep mandated medical records for numerous prescriptions. Once she knew she was under investigation, investigators discovered that she began falsifying patient charts.
Tseng, a trained osteopath, was arrested in March 2012 and has remained behind bars at Los Angeles County Jail. She could receive a life sentence when she returns to court in December.
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