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Former Marion County physician sentenced for drug charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Eugenio Menez, a former physician of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison following a drug charge, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Menez, age 69, pled guilty to a one-count information in March 2020 charging him with “Distribution of Controlled Substances Outside the Bounds of Professional Medical Practice.” Menez admitted to illegally distributing oxycodone in September 2015 in Marion County. 

Menez was a family physician who practiced in Marion County. He distributed controlled substances outside the course of professional medical practice by writing prescriptions for several female patients in exchange for sexual favors. Even though the female patients had medical appointments, those visits involved sexual acts, and Menez did not conduct medical exams of those patients. The appointments would be scheduled either early in the morning at his office before his staff reported or at his residence. The patients believed they would have been denied their prescriptions if they did not consent to the sexual acts. The patients’ accounts were corroborated by numerous video recordings produced by Menez. 

Menez has surrendered his medical license, as well as his DEA registration, which permitted him to write prescriptions. 

Mezen was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

Updated August 31, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs