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
September 16, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Moorefield Physician Indicted for Illegally Dispensing
Hydromorphone & Diazepam Resulting in Death
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg, West Virginia, returned an Indictment against a Moorefield physician on September 15, 2009.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that DR. RAJAN BAKHSHISH MASIH, age 46, of Petersburg, West Virginia, was named in a one-count Indictment alleging that he distributed and dispensed 120 doses 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 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 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 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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