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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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May 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Moorefield Physician Sentenced for
Illegally Dispensing Hydromorphone

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 47 year old Moorefield physician was sentenced on May 12, 2011, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that DR. RAJAN BAKHSHISH MASIH, of Petersburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment to be followed by three years supervised release. DR. MASIH entered a plea of guilty on September 16, 2010, to an Information charging him with distributing Hydromorphone, not for a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional medical practice, to an individual on January 20, 2008, in Hardy County.

As part of the plea agreement, DR. MASIH was required to surrender his license to practice medicine for life.

DR. MASIH is free on bond and will self-report to a designated federal institution.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen D. Warner and Robert H. McWillillams, Jr. 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.

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