Prosecutors are scrambling to seize the assets of a Haysville doctor and his wife convicted of a moneymaking conspiracy that the government has linked to 68 overdose deaths.
Court documents filed in the case of physician Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, show that the U.S. attorney's office is continuing to monitor their phone calls and mail while they are in federal prisons as the government seeks to locate property to satisfy a forfeiture judgment of $1.27 million.
The Schneiders also were ordered to pay $114.7 million in restitution to victims. Stephen Schneider was sentenced to 30 years in prison and Linda Schneider got 33 years.
The Schneiders were convicted last year of unlawfully prescribing drugs, health care fraud and money laundering at their Haysville clinic.
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The Schneiders have long contended that the so-called substitute property sought by the government is owned by others, principally Linda Schneider's father, Lee Atterberry, who has liens on it. The government contends such liens are a sham to protect the assets from seizure.