Mansfield psychiatrist to enter rehab
Massie pleads not guilty to prescription fraud
CLEVELAND — A Mansfield psychiatrist accused of prescription fraud is expected to be transferred to a residential treatment facility early next week.
David Walter Massie, 59, pleaded not guilty Friday at his arraignment in federal court. A judge set a $25,000 signature bond.
Massie was indicted last week on a single count of conspiracy to distribute Oxycontin or oxycodone.
“As his legal counsel, we are just beginning to review all information and evidence provided by the government,” defense attorney Ian Friedman said.
Massie would be released to a rehab facility on Monday, Friedman said. A trial date is scheduled for Sept. 4.
According to the indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland, Massie wrote 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.
Four people reportedly involved in the case were patients of Massie, the indictment said. In addition to being patients, two of them worked for Massie. None of them have been charged.
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.
According to the indictment, Massie obtained Oxycontin or oxycodone through other means in May of this year and sold it. Oxycodone is one of the strongest prescription painkilling substances approved for use in the United States and is very addictive.
Massie was arrested last week with help from the Richland County division of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. The METRICH Enforcement Unit handled the investigation.
According to the Ohio State Medical Board website, Massie’s license expired in July 2008.
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