Crime & Courts

Wichita doctor found guilty of illegally distributing prescription drugs, attorney says

Steven R. Henson
Steven R. Henson Courtesy of Sedgwick County Jail

A Wichita doctor has been found guilty of illegally distributing prescription drugs, prosecutors said.

Dr. Steven R. Henson, 57, was convicted by a federal jury on Tuesday of multiple crimes, including unlawfully distributing oxycodone, methadone and alprazolam, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a release. He operated Kansas Men’s Clinic at 3636 N. Ridge Road.

Prosecutors presented evidence during trial that Henson wrote prescriptions in return for cash and post-dated prescriptions, the release said. Henson also 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, attorneys said.

Henson was registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide controlled substances through a prescription, the release said. Henson and his co-defendants made $584,400 through distributing the pain medications, a federal indictment said.

The Eagle previously reported that a federal investigation started in 2014 using an undercover agent and confidential informants after a pharmacist had concerns that a doctor was over-prescribing controlled pain medications. Investigators collected reports of the doctor prescribing pain medications for $300 in cash with few questions asked. One man died of an overdose after getting a prescription from the doctor.

The release says Henson was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs outside the course of medical practice; 13 counts of unlawfully distributing oxycodone; unlawfully distributing oxycodone, methadone and alprazolam; unlawfully distributing methadone and alprazolam, the use of which resulted in the death of a victim; presenting false patient records to investigators; obstruction of justice; and six counts of money laundering.

Sentencing will be set for a later date.

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