Mansfield News Journal (Ohio)
Psychiatrist pleads innocent at arraignment
July 7, 2012
By News Journal staff

CLEVELAND – A Mansfield psychiatrist accused of prescription fraud pleaded not guilty at his arraignment this afternoon in federal court.

David Walter Massie, 59, had a $25,000 signature bond set, meaning he can be freed if he promises to show up in court.

Massie was indicted last week on a single count of conspiracy to distribute Oxycontin or oxycodone.

Defense attorney Ian Friedman said Massie would be released to a rehabilitation facility Monday. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 4.

According to the indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland, Massie wrote fraudulent prescriptions outside the course of traditional doctor-patient relationships to at least four people, who filled them and illegally distributed them back to Massie for his own personal use, distribution and sale to others.

Massie was arrested last week with help from the Richland County division of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. The METRICH Enforcement Unit handled the investigation.

According to the Ohio State Medical Board website, Massie’s license expired in July 2008.