JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — State Rep. Tricia Derges was indicted by a federal grand jury Monday for an alleged wire fraud scheme and illegally providing prescription drugs to clients at her health clinics.
Derges, 63, was charged with 20 counts ranging from wire fraud to making false statements to federal agents. Derges is licensed as an assistant physician — not a physician — and operates Ozark Valley Medical clinics in Branson, Ozark, and Springfield. She was first elected to serve as a Republican state representative for HD 140 in 2020.
The indictment, unsealed Monday, alleged Derges wrote electronic prescriptions for oxycodone and Adderall and transmitted the drugs over the internet without having conducted in-person medical evaluations.
She pleaded not guilty and was released on bond.