WICHITA, Kansas – A Wichita doctor is now behind bars after being indicted by a federal grand jury.
Dr. Steven Henson is accused in a 31-count indictment of operating a prescription drug operation that led to the death of one of his patients. Charges were also filed against eight other people in the case.
Henson practiced at the Kansas Men’s Clinic in west Wichita and at other locations in Wichita. He has had his medical license since 1990.
KSN went by the the clinic Thursday and found the building apparently shut down with no one available to provide information on whether the clinic was still in operation.
According to the indictment, one person, identified only as “N.M.” in the indictment, died in July 2015 as a result of medications dispensed by Henson outside of “the usual course of medical practice.”
The 23-page indictment says while Henson was a doctor at the Kansas Men’s Clinic he was illegally prescribing drugs. The clinic treats men’s sexual health issues.
Henson allegedly dispensed prescriptions for Oxycodone, Xanax and Methadone “without legal a legitimate medical purpose.”
According to the charges, Henson handed out the prescriptions “in return for cash payment…without a medical necessity…without a legitimate medical examination… and for individuals other than the person who came to see him.”
The indictment also says Henson deposited at least $312,000 in cash related to the alleged crimes.
One of the charges, obstructing justice, was added after Henson allegedly called 911 to report his home was being burglarized. The indictment says he knew that agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration had shown him a court authorized search warrant.
The indictment says Henson is accused of illegally distributing more than 34,000 Oxycodone pills.
The other eight co-defendants are also charged with either conspiring to or unlawfully distributing prescription drugs
A copy of the indictment can be viewed below.
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Dr. Steven R. Henson, 54, Wichita, who operated Kansas Men’s Clinic at 3636 N. Ridge Road in Wichita, is charged with:
- Conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs outside the course of medical practice (Counts 1 and 2).
- Unlawfully distributing oxycodone (Counts 3 through 15).
- Unlawfully distributing oxycodone, methadone and alprazolam (Count 16).
- Unlawfully distributing methadone and alprazolam, resulting in the death of a victim on July 24, 2015, identified in court records as N.M. (Count 17)
- Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking (Count 18)
- Presenting false patient records to investigators (Count 19).
- Obstruction of justice (Count 20)
- Money laundering (Counts 21 through 31).
Also charged are:
Kimi Harper, 50, Kansas City, Mo. (Count 1).
Amanda Terwilleger, 33, Topeka, Kan., (Counts 1, 3, 7 and 9)
Jeremy Wojack, 35, Topeka, Kan., (Counts 1, 3, 7 and 9)
Jordan Allison, 27, Shawnee, Kan., (Counts 1 and 7).
Grant Lubbers, 29, Whitewater, Kan., (Count 2, 4 and 12)
Joel Torres, Jr. 28, Newton, Kan., (Counts 2, 4 and 5).
David Montano, 32, (Count 2 and Count 15)
Keith Attebery, 20, Newton, Kan., (Count 2, 8 and 15)
According to the indictment, Henson was registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to dispense prescription controlled substances. His registered addresses included the Wichita Men’s Clinic and a location at 1861 N. Rock Road, Suite 201.
The indictment alleges Henson:
- Wrote prescriptions in return for cash.
- Post-dated prescriptions.
- Wrote prescriptions without a medical need.
- Wrote prescriptions without a legitimate medical exam.
- Wrote prescriptions for people other than the ones who came to see him.
If convicted, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Counts 1-16: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on each count.
Count 17: Not less than 20 years and not more than life and a fine up to $1 million.
Count 18: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Count 19: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Count 20: A maximum penalty of one year and a fine up to $100,000.
Counts 21-25: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Counts 26-31: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $500,000 on each count.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad, the Newton Police Department, the Wichita Police Department and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs are prosecuting.