A San Gabriel Valley doctor has been charged with murder after three of her patients overdosed on prescription drugs she prescribed.
Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng was arrested Thursday, taken into custody by state Medical Board investigators. If convicted of all charges, she faces a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison.
“Prescription drug overdose deaths have reached epidemic proportions," Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a press release. "Enough is enough. Doctors are not above the law."
Tseng also faces charges for prescribing drugs using fraud, as well as 20 felony counts for prescribing drugs without a legitimate purpose. Two of those counts involve two of the patients who died. They also include prescriptions written for undercover officers, as well as other patients.
“Dr. Feelgoods who knowingly over-prescribe drugs for no medical reason other than someone asks for the drugs and pays the doctor a staggering amount of money will be dealt with severely,” Cooley said in a written statement. "Those victims die while the doctor gets rich.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration has been investigating Tseng since 2008, after a report from a pharmacy raised suspicions.
Tseng's license to prescribe drugs has been revoked by the DEA, and California's Osteopathic Medical Board has moved to revoke her medical license. Her husband is also a doctor and continues to practice.
Tseng has been a licensed doctor since 1997. She opened her practice in Rowland Heights in 2005.
Tseng's bail has been set at $3 million. She's scheduled to be arraigned Friday in downtown Los Angeles.
Prescription drug deaths now outnumber deaths from traffic accidents in the United States, according to a press release from the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.
Correction: The L.A. County District Attorney's Office originally said three of the counts involved two of the patients who died, but it is actually only two counts.