Friday, May 10, 2013
A former Haysville doctor who is serving time on parole for a drug conviction has been charged with a federal firearms violation.
The U.S. attorney’s office said Lawrence M. Simons, 57, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.
An investigator’s affidavit alleges that in April, Simons possessed a .32 caliber pistol that he gave to a bail bondsman as partial payment for bonding him out of jail on a criminal threat case.
In January of 2010, Simons, a former employee of the Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville was sentenced to 24 months in prison and three years parole 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.
If convicted, Simons faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.