NJ man practiced medicine without license — and his boss let him, officials say
HACKETTSTOWN — A man who lost his license to practice medicine more than a decade ago was still working as a doctor in New Jersey, even when his boss knew he shouldn't.
Paramjit Singh, 59, was working for Medical Care Associates despite losing his license in 2004, according to Warren County Prosecutor Richard T. Burke. The company has offices in Roxbury in Morris County and Washington Township and Hackettstown.
Parminderjeet Sandhu, 63, the owner of Medical Care Associates, is also facing charges. According to Burke, Sandhu knew Singh's license was suspended but still allowed him to practice.
According to documents from the West Virginia Board of Medicine, Singh's license was suspended in 2003 for failing to provide continuing medical education certification and as a result of an arrest in Ohio that year for illegally possessing Oxycodone. After a trial, he was found guilty of fifth-degree aggravated possession of drugs.
During the sentencing phase, the court noted that while he "had a right to possess and dispense certain drugs he had no legal right to possess or dispense this drug without a prescription." The judgement entry paperwork says it was believed that Singh "has an alcohol or drug abuse problem, and does not acknowledge it and has refused treatment for it." The court also said Singh did not show "genuine remorse" and a "lack of candor."
He was sentenced to eight months in prison and had his driver's license suspended for six months.
Burke said Singh has been charged with one count of third-degree practicing medicine without a valid license. Sandhu has been charged with one count of third-degree aiding or abetting another person in practicing medicine without a valid license. The third-degree charges carry a maximum term of five years in jail and a fine of up to $75,000.
Earlier this year, a New Jersey 101.5 investigation found that numerous doctors who have been accused of or convicted of sexual-related offenses continue to practice medicine in New Jersey and have the right to return to practice after their licenses are supposedly revoked.
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