OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
October 7, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grand Jury Indicts Three Individuals
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Three individuals were named in three Indictments returned on October 7, 2009, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that:
❶GARRETT CARRIGAN, age 33, was named in a one-count Indictment. CARRIGAN is charged with the transportation of child pornography via a computer on July 13, 2009, in Wheeling, West Virginia. If convicted, CARRIGAN faces a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Wheeling and New Mexico.
➋JOSE ZAMORA-ORTIZ was named in a one-count Indictment. ZAMORA-ORTIZ is charged with the reentry into the United States on June 1, 2009, without the consent of the Secretary of Homeland Security nor the Attorney General of the United States to reapply for admission to the United States, after having been deported on March 12, 2008. If convicted, ZAMORA-ORTIZ faces a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti. The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
❸DR. RAJAN BAKHSHISH MASIH, age 46, of Petersburg, West Virginia, was named in a 24-count Superseding Indictment charging him with illegally distributing controlled substances to patients on twenty separate occasions between October 23, 2007, and November 22, 2008. The Indictment also charges that on four occasions between November 28, 2007, and February 20, 2009, MASIH illegally distributed and dispensed controlled substances to individuals resulting in the death of those individuals from the use of the substances. The Indictment further alleges that DR. MASIH did not distribute the substances for legitimate medical purposes in the usual course of his professional medical practice. If convicted, DR. MASIH faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on each of the distribution counts and a statutory mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000 on each of the distribution counts resulting in death.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and 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 Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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