Crime & Courts

KC woman sentenced in drug case against Wichita doctor

Steven Henson
Steven Henson File photo

A Kansas City, Mo., woman who said a Wichita doctor gave her prescriptions for more than 8,000 oxycodone tablets without any type of medical exam was sentenced Monday to 10 years on supervised release.

Kimi Harper, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute the oxycodone, according to a news release issued Monday by U.S. Attorney Tom Beall’s office.

According to court records, Harper traveled from Kansas City to Wichita and paid co-defendant Steven Henson to obtain the prescriptions. Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever that is regulated as a controlled substance under federal law.

Harper obtained 8,847 tablets of 30 milligrams each, according to the release.

Henson did not perform any physical exams or monitor her use through a pain treatment agreement, urinalysis or other medical tests.

Harper said she consumed about 75 percent of the pills herself and sold or gave away the rest.

In January 2016, federal prosecutors charged Henson with 31 criminal counts including conspiring to distribute prescription drugs outside his medical practice and unlawfully distributing oxycodone, methadone and alprazolam. Henson, 56, is awaiting trial, the release said.

Others awaiting sentencing in the case include: Amanda Terwilleger, 34, Topeka; Jeremy Wojack, 37, Topeka; Jordan Allison, 29, Shawnee; Grant Lubbers, 31, Whitewater; Joel Torres Jr., 30, Newton, and Keith Attebery, 22, Newton.

Contributing: Tim Potter of The Eagle

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