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Doctor charged in overdose deaths expected in court Friday

March 16, 2012 |  7:28 am

Dr. Hsiu-Ying 'Lisa' Tseng expected in court Friday
A Rowland Heights doctor charged with murder in connection with three fatal overdoses is expected to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday for an arraignment and bail review.

Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, 42, is charged with three counts of second-degree murder and is accused of recklessly prescribing narcotic painkillers and other addictive drugs.

Tseng is charged in the deaths of Vu Nguyen, 28, of Lake Forest; Joey Rovero, 21, an Arizona State University student from San Ramon, Calif.; and Steven Ogle, 25, of Palm Desert.

Tseng was arrested March 1 and led handcuffed from her office in a strip mall off the 60 Freeway.

The charges represent a rare attempt to hold a physician criminally liable for patients' deaths.

"She's ready to fight this case," her attorney, T. Edward Welbourn, said in an interview with The Times last week.

In addition to the murder charges, Tseng is charged with one felony count of prescribing drugs using fraud and 20 felony counts of prescribing drugs without a legitimate purpose.

The doctor is being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in lieu of $3-million bail.


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Photo: Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng, 42, is escorted out of her Rowland Heights clinic on March 1 by law enforcement officials. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times