Schneider Patients Claim Gov't Harassment

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Former patients of a federally indicted Haysville doctor say they are being intimidated by the federal government.

Stephen and Linda Schneider, of Haysville, are behind bars facing federal charges of over-prescribing narcotic pain medications. The US Attorney is linking the couple to the overdose deaths of 56 patients.

Now several Schneider patients say federal agents are forcing their way into their homes without warrants, asking a lot of questions, and even taking items that don't belong to them.

"They grabbed the door and jerked it open," says one patient who spoke to KAKE News on a condition of anonymity. "And then they grabbed my left arm and pulled it up behind me. They said we can do this the easy way or the hard way."

This patient says the agents even took a hand written letter that Schneider wrote her from prison.

The US Attorney's Office says they can't comment on specific cases, but they say a warrant is required in order to search someone's home or to force a person to hand over something that belongs to them. However, a warrant is not needed to talk to someone or to ask for something.

Meanwhile, former US Attorney Randy Rathbun, who is no longer associated with the office, says, "I don't believe it. I doubt that is happening. That is simply not appropriate."

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