California Doctor Faces Rare Murder Charges

Authorities are determined to prove that Doctor Hsui-Ying “Lisa” Tseng, forty-two years of age, is not just guilty of over-prescribing medication but is also guilty of murder.  She has been named “Dr. Feelgood” because authorities are alleging that she passed out prescriptions for medications such as OxyContin, Adderall, Xanax, and Vicodin at the rate of twenty-five prescriptions a day with just minimum number of questions asked and minimal patient examinations. That is more than twenty-seven thousand prescriptions over a three year period of time. The authorities are trying to prove that she is responsible for the deaths of three otherwise healthy men all in their twenties.

She was charged on Thursday, March 1st after a long investigation that involved DEA agents who posed as patients.  She is being held on a three million dollar bail and is scheduled to be arranged on Friday.  If convicted she could face a prison term of forty-five years to life.  In addition to trying to prove she is guilty of murder she is also facing twenty-one other felony counts.  This includes involving the four undercover DEA agents who allege she prescribed the medication without a legitimate purpose and using fraud.

 

California Doctor Faces Rare Murder Charges

Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times

In 2008 a pharmacy reported problems with the doctor’s prescriptions to the California Medical Board and the DEA.  In 2010, her license to write prescriptions was suspended by the DEA and she surrendered her medical license voluntarily.  Her husband, who is also a doctor, continues to run the clinic.