The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 4, 2014

Former doctor sentenced after plea in drug case

An Fayette County physician who pleaded guilty in May to three felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance was sentenced to jail time on Thursday.

Dr. Oscar Gosien, 75, pleaded to three counts of constructive delivery of a controlled substance, including oxymorphone and hydromorphone (both classified as schedule II drugs) and hydrocodone (a schedule III drug), to two patients in 2012.

Prior to Gosien’s May plea agreement, Sgt. D.M. Taylor of the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Oak Hill Police Department conducted an extensive investigation into Gosien’s dealings.

The investigation involved allegations of Gosien trading prescription pain pills for sexual favors and overprescribing medications at his Lamplighter Road office in Oak Hill, which has since been closed since January 2013.

The Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said that Gosien’s inappropriate client dealings occurred between 2007 and 2012.  

Circuit Court Judge John W. Hatcher sentenced Gosien to a minimum of three years in prison and maximum of 35, to be served consecutively, as well as $25,000 in fines. Gosien will be eligible for parole after three years, the Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office confirmed.

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