Crime & Courts

May 13, 2013

Former Goddard physician charged with federal firearms violation

A former Goddard physician who is a convicted felon has been arrested and charged with a federal firearms violation after he allegedly gave his pistol to a bail bondsman for partial payment.

A former Goddard physician who is a convicted felon has been arrested and charged with a federal firearms violation after he allegedly gave his pistol to a bail bondsman for partial payment.

Lawrence M. Simons, 57, was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office said Monday.

An investigator’s affidavit alleges that on April 17, Simons possessed a .32 caliber pistol that he gave to a bail bondsman as a partial payment for bonding him out of jail, Grissom’s office said.

Simons, a former employee of the Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville, was convicted in January 2010 of two counts of unlawfully distributing a controlled substance. He wrote prescriptions for a woman he never met and was not his patient.

He was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by three years on supervised release. He was on supervised release when he gave the pistol to the bail bondsman, Grissom’s office said.

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