OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
August 27, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Moorefield Physician Arrested for Illegally Dispensing
Hydromorphone & Diazepam Resulting in Death
ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — A Moorefield, West Virginia, physician was arrested on August 26, 2009, on charges contained in a Criminal Complaint.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that DR. RAJAN BAKHSHISH MASIH was arrested on charges that he allegedly distributed and dispensed 120 tablets of Hydromorphone and 50 doses of Diazepam to an individual on February 20, 2009, resulting in the death of that individual from the use of the substances. The Criminal Complaint further alleges that DR. MASIH did not distribute the substances for legitimate medical purposes in the usual course of his professional medical practices.
DR. MASIH had an initial appearance yesterday before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull and is currently in federal custody. A preliminary hearing and detention hearing have been scheduled for September 1, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in Elkins.
The charge in the Criminal Complaint carries a statutory mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Hagerstown, Maryland, Task Force; the West Virginia State Police; the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General; the West Virginia Insurance Commission; the Grant County Sheriff’s Department; and the City of Moorefield Police Department.
It should be noted that the charges contained in the Criminal Complaint are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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