A 47-year-old Moorefield physician entered a plea of guilty on Sept. 16 in U.S. District Court in Wheeling before Chief Judge John Preston Bailey.
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced that Dr. Rajan Bakhshish Masih of Petersburg entered a plea of guilty 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 Jan. 20, 2008, in Hardy County. Masih, who is currently free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of eight years imprisonment.
Upon sentencing by Judge Bailey, Masih will surrender his license to practice medicine for life.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen D. Warner and Robert H. McWillillams Jr.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Hagerstown, Maryland, Task Force; West Virginia State Police; Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General; West Virginia Insurance Commission; Grant County Sheriff's Department; and the city of Moorefield Police Department.