CLEVELAND — Dr. David Walter Massie, 59, a medical doctor in Mansfield, was arrested Monday after being indicted on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycontin and/or Oxycodone, said U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach.
Massie is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
According to his indictment, he allegedly wrote fraudulent prescriptions for Oxycontin and Oxycodone for patients, which the patients then filled and illegally distributed back to Massie for his own personal use, distribution and sale to others.
Much of the activity took place between 2005 and 2007 but includes transactions in May 2012, when Massie sold Oxycontin and/or Oxycodone at the rate of $1 per milligram, according to the indictment.
Massie obtained more than 4,000 pills of Oxycontin or Oxycodone through this conspiracy, according to the indictment. Oxycontin and Oxycodone are both prescription painkillers classified as Schedule II controlled substances.
In some cases, prosecutors say Massie asked patients to provide their insurance information to cover the cost of the prescriptions.
In other cases he provided them cash to pay for the pills, according to the indictment. Massie sometimes allowed some patients to keep a few of the pills as payment, according to the indictment.
“Prescription drug abuse has wreaked havoc on Ohio and is a major challenge for law enforcement,” Dettelbach said.
The investigation was done by the METRICH Enforcement Unit of the Richland County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI’s Mansfield office.