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November 22, 2013

Former Goddard physician convicted on gun, drug charges

A jury this week convicted a former Goddard doctor on federal firearms and drug charges.

A jury this week convicted a former Goddard doctor on federal firearms and drug charges.

Lawrence M. Simons, 57, was already serving time on supervised release for a drug conviction. He was found guilty Thursday on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of controlled substances, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office announced Friday.

The charges were brought after an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives learned that Simons had given a pistol to Steven Woodin, who owned S&F Bail Bonds in Wichita. Simons owed Woodin for bonding him out of jail on a $25,000 bond in a Sedgwick County case involving a charge of making a criminal threat.

Agents also found controlled substances in storage units Simons had leased in west Wichita. He had signed a Drug Enforcement Administration form surrendering his controlled substances privileges in 2008.

Simons, who had worked at the Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances in 2009. He was sentenced in 2010 to two years in prison followed by three years on supervised release.

The Schneider Medical Clinic was the subject of a high-profile case a few years ago. Haysville physician Stephen Schneider and nurse Linda Schneider, his wife, were convicted in 2010 of conspiracy, unlawfully prescribing drugs, health care fraud and money laundering.

Simons’ sentencing is set for Feb. 10.

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