Indictment: Wichita doctor diverted prescription drugs to the streets

WICHITA (KSNT) — A federal indictment unsealed on Thursday alleges that a Wichita doctor diverted prescription drugs to the streets, which U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says resulted in one of his patients dying from an overdose. Eight people who got prescriptions from the doctor also are charged with unlawfully distributing the prescription drugs.

Dr. Steven R. Henson is a 54-year-old from Wichita who operated the Kansas Men’s Clinic at 3636 N. Ridge Road in Wichita. Henson is charged with:

  • 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, resulting in the death of a victim on July 24, 2015, identified in court records as “N.M.” (Count 17)
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking (Count 18).
  • Presenting false patient records to investigators (Count 19).
  • Obstruction of justice (Count 20)
  • Money laundering (Counts 21 through 31).

According to the indictment, Henson was registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to dispense prescription controlled substances. His registered addresses included the Wichita Men’s Clinic and a location at 1861 N. Rock Road, Suite 201.

The indictment alleges 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.

The following people were also charged:

  •         Kimi Harper, a 50-year-old Kansas City, Mo. (Count 1).
  •         Amanda Terwilleger, a 33-year-old from Topeka (Counts 1, 3, 7 and 9).
  •         Jeremy Wojack, a 35-year-old from Topeka (Counts 1, 3, 7 and 9).
  •         Jordan Allison, a 27-year-old from Shawnee (Counts 1 and 7).
  •         Grant Lubbers, a 29-year-old from Whitewater (Counts 2, 4 and 12)
  •         Joel Torres, Jr., a 28-year-old from Newton (Counts 2, 4 and 5).
  •         David Montano, 32 (Count 2 and Count 15).
  •         Keith Attebery, a 20-year old from Newton (Counts 2, 8 and 15).

If convicted, the crimes carry the following penalties:

  • Counts 1-16: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on each count.
  • Count 17: Not less than 20 years and not more than life and a fine up to $1 million.
  • Count 18: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Count 19:  A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Count 20: A maximum penalty of one year and a fine up to $100,000.
  • Counts 21-25: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
  • Counts 26-31: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $500,000 on each count.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad, the Newton Police Department, the Wichita Police Department and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs are prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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