LOS ANGELES — A Rowland Heights doctor charged with three counts of murder and other crimes after patients in her care overdosed on prescription painkillers was is due in court Friday for a preliminary hearing, officials said.
Dr. Hsiuying “Lisa” Tseng has been held in lieu of $3 million bail since her March 1 arrest on suspicion of the murders of three patients in her car: Vu Nguyen, 29, of Lake Forest, who died on March 2, 2009; Steven Ogle, 25, of Palm Desert, who died on April 9, 2009; and Joseph Rovero III, 21, of San Ramon, who died on Dec. 18, 2009.
She is accused of prescribing large amounts of powerful painkillers to the men without a medical need, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials.
She was expected to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday morning for her preliminary hearing on the murder charges, as well as 20 other charges related to prescribing drugs by fraud, officials said.
She has already been found civilly liable in connection with the painkiller overdose deaths of five other young men she was treating in a lawsuit.
If convicted as charged, Tseng faces up to 45 years to life in prison.