Mansfield psychiatrist to enter rehab – I smell a plea deal – lol!

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.

What they’re saying so far –

Some of these comments have already be censored – lol!

Phil Sydnor · School of Hard Knocks

Just think folks, this is NO DIFFERENT than what Judge Ault did. So, with this said…Put him on the ballot for a Public position, and the sheeple will Vote him in. God Bless the U.S.A.?????? – You gottan love “Professional Courtesy” & “Immunity”. Once again the tax payers will be burdened with someone we should simply “turn the cheek” on, Let FREE ENTERPRISE work! – He’s hurting NOBODY but himself, and when he can’t provide for himself without entitlements will be punishment enough!. When will those who believe what they are doing (rehab) DON’T WORK?, turning the cheek does work when you don’t have enablers in place!. Rehab is simply a for profit business that does not work, in the end (we) pay for this!
Mary Jo Janchar ·  Top commenter

He lost his medical license in 2008… pharmacies NOT have a computerized system that flags them when an unlicensed doctor fills a scrip?And why would a psychiatrist be filling a scrip for a painkiller if he has no license….and isn’t a licensed pain doctor?well on the human side when one is addicted to opiates and STOPS using the withdrawal is excruciating….so treatment is a good thing…BUT being an addict…or an alcoholic does NOT excuse you from laws you’ve broken….or the consequences of your behavior!welll…it shouldn’t!
Peggy Goldberg · Ships Captain at Maersk Line Shipping Company

Thats exactly it, in a nut shell. My addiction made me do it, now Iam getting it fixed, give me some community service, a big fine…no problem paying it…I got money hid the feds dont know about…I can hear it now and at court.
Bob Jones · Mansfield, Ohio

go to rehab, say the devil made you do it and I’m sorry, pay a fine, maybe suspend his medical license for a short time. sentence probation. standard stuff
Nancy House

Dr. Massie Sr. would roll over in his grave if he knew what his son did! Wow! Just Wow!
Phil Sydnor · School of Hard Knocks

Just like Judge Mayer did when the State Fired his son – lol!

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