Mansfield psychiatrist indicted in drug fraud investigation

MANSFIELD — A local psychiatrist could receive 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine if convicted of prescription fraud.

David Walter Massie, 59, was indicted last week on a single count of conspiracy to distribute Oxycontin or oxycodone.

According to the indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland, Massie is accused of writing fraudulent prescriptions outside the course of traditional doctor-patient relationships to at least four people, who filled them and illegally distributed them back to Massie for his own personal use, distribution and sale to others.

‘Huge problem’

“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem in the state,” U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Mike Tobin said. “It’s greatly problematic when you’ve got a doctor engaged in it. This is an important case for those reasons.”

Four people reportedly involved in the case were patients of Massie, the indictment said. In addition to being patients, two of them also worked for Massie. None of them have been charged. Tobin declined to say if they would be charged in the future. They were identified in the indictment by their initials.

The probe

Authorities say the crimes began as early as January 2005 and continued through July 3, 2007, and involved more than 4,000 pills. Massie is suspected of selling Oxycontin or oxycodone for about $1 per milligram.

Oxycodone is one of the strongest prescription painkilling substances approved for use in the United States and is very addictive.

According to the indictment, Massie obtained Oxycontin or oxycodone through other means in May of this year and sold it. Tobin said he could not say how the investigation started.

Massie was arrested Thursday with help from the Richland County division of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, METRICH Detective Dawn Brown said. Brown said Massie’s license was suspended several years ago. According to the Ohio State Medical Board website, his license expired in July 2008.

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8 Responses to Mansfield psychiatrist indicted in drug fraud investigation

  1. buckeyesyd says:

    Phyllis Chalfant-Stanish · Mansfield Senior High School, Class of 1953
    Really taken back by this. Was so upset his patients were left stranded, and had to find another doctor. He had cardiac problems and was told he had an upcoming heart surgery. So I just presumed. Wonder why it took so long since 2007 to 2012 to do anything about this. Shocker!

    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · School of Hard Knocks
    Naaaah, that’s not the reason, this is the NORM for Justice here in Mansfield. Remember the case of the FIRED APA SUPERVISOR that started in 2008?, Lawsuits are STILL on the books regarding that mess!.

  2. buckeyesyd says:

    Peggy Goldberg · Ships Captain at Maersk Line Shipping Company
    Got pains? Pain meds are for short term use, under 21 days. Not for lifetime use. They cant get the meds as its become a way of life, living off of them, now you best get the problem fixed, and learn to use heating pads, physical therapy and the surgery that was recommended. Or the other alternatives out there, the day of gobbling up pills on a daily basis for life is done.

  3. buckeyesyd says:

    Kim Conn · Top commenter
    This should not be a shock to anyone…most Dr are after money…….hes a drug dealer too…by by sucker

  4. buckeyesyd says:

    Jaxon PartonWell that explains why he just locked his doors one day and left his patients stranded with no explanation!!

    Melody PartonHa! I went on the Internet to read this and hit comment, it must of still been logged in to Jax account! Ha!

  5. buckeyesyd says:

    Michelle Thompson · NCSC
    This is one of the reason why people that have actual pain can not get pain medications. people always abuse things and make those who actually suffers from pain be stuck without and having to suffer through daily pain.Doctors now days are so afraid to wrte a prescription because of all the drug seeking crack heads. I hope he gets to spend a great deal of time in the prison system.

    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · School of Hard Knocks
    How much you wanna bet he doesn’t see one day in Prison?. He has had 2 more serious charges dismissed of Domestic Violence, it’s good to know those who run the legal system and since he’s been to College he will surely get “Professional Courtesy” – Watch how it works!

    • buckeyesyd says:

      Kim Conn · Top commenter
      this is so true……..

      Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · School of Hard Knocks
      What’s true? – The fact why people who need meds don’t get them, or the fact he will not be sent to Prison because of Professional Courtesy?.

  6. buckeyesyd says:

    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · School of Hard Knocks
    Oh, Oh – this is not good. Public records show this Doctor has had 2 prior Domestic Violence Assaults, both of which show not much there, but I am sure reading this there will be those out there that will say he beats women. They say this about me seeing this charge, and it’s too bad they hide behind a keyboard and don’t identify themselves when they do it. I am also curious to who Dave’s Judge will be? – If he gets DeWeese or Ault, he will once again get nothing out of this. After all Judge DeWeese gives slaps on the wrist and second chances to those who commit REAL crimes, and Ault has a little history with abuse of pills, neither he or his doctors went to Prison in his case so if Daves Attorney is sharp he will use this to his advantage. When you KNOW things, it makes it better during the “plea deal” process. The joke goes on…Watch how this turns out when it goes through the specialty drug court, it will be interesting if we hear how this turns out since there are no public records on it so far?.

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