Local doctor under investigation for selling prescriptions - KCTV5

Local doctor under investigation for selling prescriptions

LENEXA, KS (KCTV) -

A local doctor is under investigation for selling prescriptions for oxycontin and oxycodone and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Almost a year after a federal investigation into a Lenexa doctor began, the doctor and several employees were tied up and robbed after hours at his Lenexa office. Six weeks later, federal authorities finally made their move and now it is known what they were after.

"What the government really wants to do here is the money and property that has been forfeited. The government wants to stake its claim to it," said attorney and KCTV5 investigative reporter Stacey Cameron.

More than $1.76 million and that is just the beginning of what the US attorney's office is going after in a civil lawsuit.

Authorities say the one-time owner of the cash, cars and other property is Dr. James Webb Jr.

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Unit started investigating Webb in Sept. 2010, and in July 2011, three armed suspects tied up Webb and several employees at the office and stole cash.

A month and a half later on Sept. 6, agents served a search warrant at the office. According to the lawsuit, Webb admitted since Dec. 2009 that he has not been seeing patients and practicing medicine instead he has been illegally selling prescriptions to people out of his Lenexa office.

Prescriptions for drugs like oxycodone and oxycontin, all in exchange for cash.

"The government came in and already seized the property.  Now it has filed a lawsuit to say we should be in to receive the money because you obtained it illegally," said Cameron.

Cameron said lawsuits like this must be filed in order for the government to take control of the cash and property seized, and authorities were busy.

Between Sept. 6 and Sept. 14, they did several searches including one at Webb's parents Shawnee home where authorities found more than $1.6 million in cash, including several $100 bills used during an undercover operation to purchase the illegal prescriptions.

In addition to Webb's family home in Parkville, authorities are going after a building in Shawnee where agents say Webb planned to set up another office.  But authorities did not stop there. They seized seven vehicles and eight weapons, all believed to have come from illegal drug money.

KCTV5 was not able to reach Webb for a comment, and at this time he does not face any criminal charges.

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