- Associated Press - Saturday, January 14, 2017

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a former Wyoming doctor, his wife and a “patient” in a drug conspiracy case.

Prosecutors say Shakeel Kahn and his wife, Lyn Kahn, sold prescriptions for large amounts of opioids and anti-anxiety medication to people who did not need the drugs, but filled the prescriptions and sold the drugs on the street.

The Kahns had been arrested in December on a single charge of conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone, an opioid pain medication. They had been free on bond but were returned to jail Wednesday amid allegations that they had talked with witnesses in the case in violation of the terms of their release.

Shakeel Kahn was indicted late Thursday on 20 counts, including conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and Alprazolam and one count of continuing criminal enterprise, which carries a potential life sentence. Lyn Kahn was indicted on eight counts and Paul Beland - who prosecutors say helped recruit customers for the Kahns in Maryland - was indicted on six counts.

The indictment seeks the forfeiture of cash, houses and vehicles that were allegedly bought with the profits of drug sales. The Kahns are scheduled to make an initial appearance on the new charges in U.S. District Court in Casper on Tuesday. Beland is to appear on Wednesday.

The Kahns also were scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a hearing on whether their bond should be revoked. They both asked for public defenders.

An investigation that began in March 2014 found the Kahns were selling 30-day prescriptions for narcotics for $500 to customers across the country and that he issued 632 prescriptions for Oxycodone in 2015. He reportedly wrote more than 2,000 prescriptions for pain medication in 2012 and 1,585 in 2013, court records said.

Shakeel Kahn required patients to sign a document stating that Kahn “is not now and has never been a ‘drug dealer,’” court records said. The document also said the patients would have to pay the doctor $100,000 if he were ever investigated or charged with a crime because of something a patient did or said.

Medical boards in both Arizona and Wyoming suspended Kahn’s medical licenses last year due to the amount of pain medication he was prescribing.

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