Wichita doctor guilty on charges connected with distributing opioids

Published: Oct. 23, 2018 at 5:14 PM CDT
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A federal jury Tuesday convicted a Wichita doctor of unlawfully distributing prescription drugs, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Dr. Steven R. Henson, 57,who operated Kansas Men’s Clinic on North Ridge Road, was convicted on the following counts:

* Conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs outside the course of medical practice (Counts 1 and 2).

* Unlawfully distributing oxycodone (Counts 3 through 15).

* Unlawfully distributing oxycodone, methadone and alprazolam (Count 16).

* Unlawfully distributing methadone and alprazolam, the use of which resulted in the death of a victim on July 24, 2015, identified in court records as N.M. (Count 17)

* Presenting false patient records to investigators (Count 19).

* Obstruction of justice (Count 20)

* Money laundering (Counts 26 through 31).

McCallister says prosecutors presented evidence that Henson wrote prescriptions in return for cash, post-dated prescriptions, wrote prescriptions without a medical need, wrote prescriptions without a legitimate medical exam and wrote prescriptions for people other than the ones who came to see him.

For the total of 31 counts, McCallister says Henson could face more than 60 years in federal prison, plus millions of dollars in fines.