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Ex-Kan. doctor indictment on firearm, drug charges

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A federal grand jury has formally charged a former Kansas doctor with illegally having a handgun as a convicted felon.

A three-count indictment handed down Wednesday charges Lawrence Simons with unlawful possession of a firearm, ammunition and controlled substances.

Simons was arrested last week on a criminal complaint. Prosecutors say he gave a bondsman a gun as partial payment for bailing him out of jail last month in an unrelated criminal threat case. His attorney has declined to comment on the case.

The 57-year-old Wichita doctor has a 2010 felony conviction for unlawfully distributing prescription drugs. He had surrendered his license to write prescriptions, and could not lawfully possess controlled substances.

The indictment alleges prescription drugs were found at three storage units after Simons stopped making lease payments.