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Convicted Tricia Derges of selling medical equipment, Springfield clinic

After being convicted of fraud earlier this year, former Nixa State Representative Tricia Derges is selling her medical equipment and renting out her Springfield-based Ozark Valley Medical Clinic.

To take over the lease and buy the medical equipment, Derges is asking for $30,000 in a list posted online last week.

Derges, state legislator and founder of several medical clinics in southwestern Missouri, was found guilty in July of 22 counts, including wire fraud, illegal distribution of controlled substances and misrepresentation to investigators.

The judge handling the case also barred Derges from practicing medicine or walking on the grounds of the Ozark Valley Medical Clinic, where many of the crimes for which she was convicted took place.

Many of the 22 counts alleged and ultimately convicted Derges of misleading patients into taking bogus stem cell treatments and profiting from fraud.

Derges was elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives in 2020 as a Republican. She did not stand for election and resigned from the body days after her conviction.

Unable to continue his practice legally, Derges hopes to unload his clinic.

“Turn-key clinic or location expansion: 2,500 square feet, lease assumption. Fully equipped and beautifully decorated. PRIME location 65 and Sunshine St. 28,000 cars per day,” the listing reads. The clinic’s current lease is $2,500 per month.

The Springfield Clinic is joined by branches in Ozark and Branson.

Derges did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the listings. She will be sentenced later this fall.

Andrew Sullender is the local government reporter for the Springfield News-Leader. Follow him on Twitter @andrewsullender. Email tips and story ideas to asullender@gannett.com.