Judge Sentences Derges to 6 Years in Prison

A judge has sentenced a former Christian County state representative to six years in prison after a federal jury found her guilty of fraud.

Investigators say Dr. Tricia Derges of Nixa was found guilty of 22 counts of wire fraud, illegal distribution of a controlled substance, and making false statements to investigators.

The federal trial jury convicted her of fraudulently receiving about $300,000 in federal COVID aid for her medical clinic.

She was also convicted of selling fake stem cell treatments.