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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Kansas

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For Immediate Release

May 22, 2013

Barry R. Grissom, United States Attorney

Contact: Jim Cross
316-269-6481
james.cross2@usdoj.gov

Indictments

A former Wichita area physician who is serving time on supervised release for a drug violation has been indicted on federal charges including possession of controlled substances, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

A grand jury returned an indictment charging Lawrence M. Simons, 57, Wichita, with one count of possession of controlled substances, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction.

In January 2010, Simons, a former employee of the Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville, Kan., was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison to be followed by three years on supervised release after he pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully distributing a controlled substance. In his plea, he admitted he prescribed Fentanyl and that the prescriptions were not issued for a legitimate medical purpose or made in the usual course of medical practice because the person who received the prescription was not his patient.

The new indictment alleges that in August 2008 Simons signed an agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration to voluntarily surrender his controlled substances privileges. The indictment alleges that in August 2009 he leased three storage units at West Kellogg Stor–Al in Wichita, where he stored personal property and controlled substances including Fentanyl, Actiq, Lortab Elixer, Ketamine, Versed, Midazolam, Brevital Sodium, Diazepam, Stadol and Niravan. The indictment alleges he continued to possess the controlled substances until November 2012 when his access to the storage units was revoked because he stopped making the lease payments.

The indictment also alleges that on April 17, 2013, Simons possessed a .32 caliber pistol and ammunition. Simons initially was charged with that crime in a criminal complaint filed May 10 in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the drug charge, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the two firearms charges. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

Shawn Turner, 30, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 15, 2013, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Topeka Police Department Patrol Division and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Robert L. White, 31, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of a sawed off shotgun. The crimes are alleged to have occurred May 21, 2013 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawful possession after a felony conviction and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $10,000 on the shotgun charge. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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