LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Rowland Heights doctor has been charged with second-degree murder after three of her patients died from prescription drug overdoses.READ MORE: Rakell, Stolarz Help Ducks End Skid In 4-0 Win Over Senators
Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng, 42, was arrested Thursday by state Medical Board investigators, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office officials. She is being held on $3 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
Tseng was charged with murder in the drug overdose deaths of Vu Nguyen, 29, of Lake Forest, on March 2, 2009; Steven Ogle, 25, of Palm Desert, on April 9, 2009; and Joseph Rovero III, 21, a University of Arizona student from San Ramon, on Dec. 18, 2009. All three men were patients of Tseng, who prescribed a myriad of drugs for them.
Fatal overdoses from prescription drugs now outnumber traffic accident deaths in the United States, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley.READ MORE: Lakers F LeBron James Fined $15,000 For "Obscene Gesture"
“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 statement.
Tseng is also facing a felony count of prescribing drugs using fraud and 20 felony counts of prescribing drugs without a legitimate purpose.
The investigation into Tseng involved undercover work and a search warrant that was executed at Tseng’s clinic, Advanced Care AAA Medical. Tseng’s husband, also a physician, continues to operate the clinic.
Tseng’s license to prescribe drugs was revoked by the DEA and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California has moved to revoke her license.MORE NEWS: Black Friday Safety: More 'Smash-And-Grab' Robberies Prompt Increase In Mall Security, Pleas To Be Aware While Shopping
Tseng faces a possible maximum state prison term of 45 years to life if convicted as charged.