Parsippany Doctor Indicted for Alleged Practice of Medicine After License was Suspended

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    fadibejjaniActing Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps announce that Doctor Fadi Bejjani, 56, of Roseland was indicted today after an investigation revealed that he was allegedly practicing medicine while his license was suspended. His practice was listed as Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, located at 2932 Route 10, Morris Plains.

    The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the Division of Consumer Affairs, filed a complaint against the defendant on June 5, 2012, charging numerous alleged violations concerning his practice of medicine including, but not limited to, the performance of surgeries that he was unqualified to perform; gross negligence committed in the performance of cosmetic and spinal procedures on at least nine patients; the failure to notify the Board of Medical Examiners of a prior charge of Driving a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence; pending disciplinary actions instituted in the State of New York with regard to his medical practice; a guilty plea in federal court for filing false federal tax returns; and other violations of Board of Medical Examiners regulations.

    Subsequent to the filing of the complaint by the Board of Medical Examiners, defendant entered into a Consent Order on June 13, 2012, suspending his license to practice medicine in the State of New Jersey. An undercover investigator from the Division of Consumer Affairs visited Dr. Bejjani’s office in Parsippany-Troy Hills on July 26, 2012, for a consultation for cosmetic surgery. Allegedly, a consultation fee was provided to the defendant, the undercover investigator was examined as a patient, the surgery and surgical fees were discussed and the undercover investigator was provided with consent forms and instructions pertaining to the operation.

    Defendant was indicted on two counts of Third Degree Unlicensed Practice of Medicine.

    The defendant’s license to practice remains suspended and he is currently in custody in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, on charges of filing false federal tax returns. His expected earliest date of release is September 27, 2013.

    The State is represented by Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Julie Serfess with regard to these charges.

    Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Consumer Affairs, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

    As far as the allegations of insurance fraud, Bejjani was found to have been falsifying tax returns since 2005, withholding thousands of dollars of income. In his plea agreement, Bejjani admitted he failed to include $139,381 as income on his personal federal tax return in the tax year of 2005; $127,532 in 2006, $161,135 in 2007, and $110,062 in 2008.

    A press release issued by the national Department of Justice in May, 2012 said that Bejjani will be sentenced in on Tuesday, September 1 in Syracuse, New York.  Bejjani was a resident of Utica at the time he filed his 2005-2008 taxes.

    His maximum term of imprisonment could be three years, with a fine of $250,000. In addition, he will be required to pay back a total of $164, 409 for the tax years 2005-2008.

    The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

    Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

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