Ligonier Township physician indicted in alleged drug conspiracy
By Renatta Signorini
February 7, 2020
A Ligonier Township physician acquitted in July of child molestation charges was arraigned in federal court Thursday on allegations he unlawfully distributed two weight-loss drugs, according to court papers.
Psychologist Dr. Roy C. Monsour, 65, appeared in federal court in Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon for an arraignment on a charge of conspiracy, according to court records. He is free on $10,000 unsecured bond.
Monsour conspired to distribute phentermine hydrochloride, a weight-loss supplement, and diethylpropion, an appetite suppressant, between November 2017 and December 2019, according to the indictment unsealed Thursday.
Monsour’s attorney, James Paulick, declined to comment.
Federal prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of Monsour’s medical license. The license is set to expire Dec. 31, according to state records. His license was reinstated in late July after he was acquitted on sex-related offenses in Westmoreland County. Monsour last renewed his license in September. He has been a licensed physician since 1987.
A Westmoreland County jury found him not guilty last year of three felony counts related to accusations from a girl who said he had improper sexual contact with her during a five-year period that ended in 2014. The girl was 14 at the time of the trial. Monsour claimed the child lied and contended she had personal reasons for concocting the allegations.
He is a member of the family of physicians that started the now-defunct Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette. His father, Dr. Robert Monsour of Ligonier, was one of four brothers who started the once-iconic Route 30 hospital, which was demolished in 2016.
Roy Monsour was involved in a contentious 2010 lawsuit over his father’s weight-loss clinics in the area. Ripepi Management Co. of Pittsburgh, which managed the offices, sued for breach of contract when the Monsours allegedly asked Ripepi to use corporate money to pay the personal expenses of Robert Monsour. Ripepi refused, saying that would violate federal laws.
The case was settled out of court in 2013.