Dr. Brian J. McDevitt, a doctor of osteopathy with practices in Chapmanville in Logan County, Taylorville in Mingo County and in Huntington, pled guilty before United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston to a two-count information charging him with conspiracy to allow others to illegally use his DEA registration number to dispense Phentermine and to money laundering.
According to court documents, McDevitt allowed at least four of his employees to utilize his DEA registration number to dispense Phentermine in his various offices. Employees, without legal authority, would dispense the diet pills to patients when McDevitt was not present. The investigation revealed that McDevitt obtained approximately 1.5 million pills during a five-year period.
McDevitt, who is scheduled to be sentenced on May 12, faces up to 14 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
The West Virginia State Police, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division jointly conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Monica K. Schwartz is handling the prosecution.
McDevitt was arrested in Mingo County last year after allegedly running a stop sign and his car was impounded after bags of cash and pills were found in his vehicle.
McDevitt was working today at the Varney Medical Clinic at Taylorville, but said he is unable to comment on the guilty plea. His lawyer, Rodney Smith, was also unavailable for comment this morning.