LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Rowland Heights doctor has been charged with second-degree murder after three of her patients died from prescription drug overdoses.

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.

“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Tseng’s license to prescribe drugs was revoked by the DEA and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California has moved to revoke her license.

Tseng faces a possible maximum state prison term of 45 years to life if convicted as charged.

Comments (5)
  1. ginny says:

    Well,I guess this doctor will end up loosing their license to practice, pay a large fine and spend time in jail but the doctors who supply limitless RX drugs to celebrities will never face the same.

  2. tseng says:

    i know 3 kids my self who are not the kids in this article who died from her pills

  3. bob says:

    And yet Marajuana which has never to my knowlege caused an overdose is considered more dangerous than these prescription meds ?
    Change the laws to allow more natural / Herbal medications

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