Dr. David Walter Massie, a medical doctor who lives in Mansfield, Ohio, was arrested today after being indicted on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycontin and/or Oxycodone, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Massie, age 59, is scheduled to be arraigned July 6.
He wrote fraudulent prescriptions for Oxycontin and Oxycodone for patients,
which the patients then filled and illegally distributed back to Massie for his
own personal use, distribution, and sale to others, according to the
“Prescription drug abuse has wreaked havoc on Ohio and is a major challenge
for law enforcement,” Dettelbach said. “To have a doctor involved in a drug
conspiracy such as this is profoundly troubling. We will continue to work with
our partners in the law enforcement, regulatory, and medical fields to help
solve this problem.”
Much of the conduct took place between 2005 and 2007 but includes
transactions in May 2012, when Massie sold Oxycontin and/or Oxycodone at the
rate of $1 per milligram, according to the indictment. Massie obtained more than
4,000 pills of Oxycontin or Oxycodone through this conspiracy, according to the
Oxycontin and Oxycodone are both prescription painkillers classified as
Schedule II controlled substances.
In some cases, Massie asked patients to provide their insurance information
to cover the cost of the prescriptions. In other cases he provided them cash to
pay for the pills, according to the indictment. Massie sometimes allowed some
patients to keep a few of the pills as payment, according to the indictment.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa L. Dirksen
following an investigation by the METRICH Enforcement Unit of the Richland
County Sheriff’s Office and FBI (Mansfield Resident Office).
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after
review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal
record, if any; his role in the offense; and the unique characteristics of the
violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and,
in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is
entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove
guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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