Doctor pleads guilty to illegal prescriptions

A Goddard doctor pleaded guilty today for illegally prescribing narcotics to a woman he'd never met.

Lawrence M. Simons, 53, pleaded guilty two counts of prescribing painkillers, twice to one patient in 2007 and 2008.

Co-defendant Constance L. King is set for sentencing on Oct. 19.

Simons was originally charged with 36 counts of trading narcotic prescriptions for favors. He formerly worked for Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville.

Stephen Schneider and his wife Linda are awaiting trial on other federal charges related to prescription practices at the clinic.

In his plea, Simons admitted that on Nov. 16, 2007, he signed two prescriptions for Fentanyl for a person identified as Crystal B.

On Jan. 15, 2008, he signed two more prescriptions for Fentanyl for Crystal B.

Fentanyl is a powerful pain medicine similar to, but more powerful than, morphine.

Crystal B. was not Simons' patient, and they had never met, U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch said in a news release from his office.

It is unlawful for a physician to prescribe controlled substances except for a legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of medial practice.

Simons, who surrendered his medical license to the state last month, is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 14.

Simons and Schneider still face several civil lawsuits together claiming malpractice over the prescribing of pain-killers.