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2000 Disciplinary Actions

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BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY

Suspensions:

January

1) Peter Secivanovic, CPA; license suspended indefinitely based upon conviction for crimes of moral turpitude and/or which relate adversely to the practice of accountancy, in that he pled guilty, in Superior Court, Ocean County in July 1999, to possession of cocaine and to removing monies from a fund which had been entrusted to him as a fiduciary (filed and effective 1/14/00).

Revocations:

January

1) Michael S. Friedman, CPA; license revoked based upon conviction for a crime of moral turpitude and/or which relates adversely to the practice of accountancy, in that he pled guilty, in Superior Court, Middlesex County in April 1999, to the crime of Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property Received; specifically, he admitted that he purposely converted to his own use more than $75,000 belonging to Middlesex Tobacco and Confectionery Co., Inc., Perth Amboy, New Jersey between December of 1997 and November of 1998 (filed and effective 3/16/00).

May

1) John McLaughlin, CPA; license revoked based upon a conviction for crimes of conspiracy to defraud the United States and making false statements to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Licensee made false statements on bank documents misrepresenting loans sold by a bank thereby making the bank look financially stronger than it was (filed and effective 5/22/00).

2) Frank Schmidt, CPA; license revoked based upon a conviction in United States District Court of the crime of income tax evasion by failing to report $110,483 in income for the year 1991 (filed and effective 5/25/00).

July

1) John McAndris, CPA; license revoked based upon a conviction for crimes of enterprise corruption, scheme to defraud, falsifying business records, offering a false instrument for filing and perjury. Licensee was sentenced to a term of five to fifteen years with the New York Department of Correction. (filed and effective 7/17/00).

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BOARD OF ARCHITECTS

Suspensions:

January

1) Joseph M. Spataro, R.A.; prepared site plans which did not conform to recognized standards of practice, other violations of the Architecture Licensing Act and its regulations; two-year suspension, the first 3 months of which shall be active, the remainder stayed as a period of probation (filed and effective 1/13/00).

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REGISTERED CHARITIES

Suspensions

June

1) Missouri Task Force on Child Abuse & Neglect d/b/a NJ Coalition of Abuse & Neglect; failure to comply with charitable registration requirements for the fiscal year ending 12/31/98; the organization was ordered to cease and desist from any and all solicitation in New Jersey for a period of five years from the date of the order (6/14/00).

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BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS

Revocations:

January

1) Steven Plinio, D.C.; entered a plea of guilty to charges relating to a scheme to defraud Medicaid; (filed and effective 1/22/00).

Surrendered:

March

1) Frank J. Marinaro, D.C.; granted leave to surrender his license, to be deemed a revocation, as a result of a conviction for felony tax evasion in July 1993 and another for felony mail fraud in April 1999. The crimes for which he was convicted involve the use or employment of dishonesty, fraud, deception and misrepresentation and constitute professional misconduct, crimes involving moral turpitude and/or crimes relating adversely to the chiropractic profession. Furthermore, despite his then pending Federal charges and his prior conviction for tax evasion, he falsely indicated on his 1995 and 1997 biennial registration applications that he had not been charged or convicted of any violations of law or regulation since his last renewal (filed and effective 3/15/00).

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BOARD OF DENTISTRY

Suspensions:

March

1) Teodoro C. Briones, D.D.S.; modification of the Final Order of Discipline, filed by the Board on 10/18/99, alleging that Dr. Briones failed to indicate his criminal record on his license renewal form; the Board accepts Dr. Briones' assertion that he relied upon the advice of his criminal defense counsel with regard to his participation in a pretrial intervention program and that he did not deliberately mislead the Board in connection with his renewal application; two-year suspension, retroactive to 11/7/99, the first six months of which shall be active, with the remaining 18 months served as a period of probation (the order was filed 3/28/00).

April

2) Kevin Ward, D.D.S.; license is temporary limited to suspend and prohibit the practice of clinical dentistry pending final resolution by the Board of the charges in the Attorney General's Verified Complaint that his continued practice of dentistry constitutes a clear and imminent danger to the public; his practice is limited to administrative duties and confined to his management office in Union City, NJ pending the Board's decision (filed and effective 4/10/00).

Surrendered:

April

1) Norman H. Kurtzman, D.D.S.; voluntary surrender without prejudice, upon the Board's receipt of information from the Drug Enforcement Agency that he had written prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances in the names of patients and/or relatives and had obtained those prescriptions for personal use (filed and effective 4/5/00).

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BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS AND
LAND SURVEYORS

Revocations:

February

1) Henry R. Fulton, P.E.; based on the revocation of his license to practice engineering in the State of New York as a result of his convictions in US District Court for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and to bribe agents of the New York City Board of Education, bribery of agents of the New York Board of Education, and mail fraud (filed and effective 2/20/00).

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BOARD OF MASTER PLUMBERS

Revocations:

February

1) Richard C. Gardner; dishonesty, professional misconduct and conviction of a crime of moral turpitude committed in the course of and relating adversely to the practice of master plumbing and plumbing contracting, in that he pled guilty in US District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud (filed and effective 2/10/00).

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STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS

Suspensions:

January

1) Merritt H. Cohen, M.D., License #18828; based on admissions that he engaged in a long-term sexual relationship with his patient, engaged in indiscriminate prescribing, engaged in repeated acts of malpractice and/or professional and occupational misconduct and that his patient records failed to conform to regulatory requirements; two-year suspension, commencing on 1/21/00, one month of which shall be active with the remainder stayed as a period of probation (this order was filed on 1/14/00).

2) Kenyon B. Field, M.D., License #37267; based on the receipt of information that, beginning in 1990, he engaged in an intimate relationship with a patient constituting professional misconduct; six-month suspension, commencing on 2/1/00, the first 30 days of which shall be active with the remainder stayed as a period of probation (this order was filed on 1/20/00).

3) Ratnasabapathy Rajakumar, M.D., License #58914; based on the suspension of his license in the State of Massachusetts for three years for engaging in inappropriate and unprofessional behavior by making sexual advances and comments toward female colleagues and for lying on his Board renewal form as well as employment applications; three-year suspension, stayed as a period of probation (filed and effective 1/13/00).

4) Iosif G. Spektor, M.D., License # MA48661; based on the August 1998 New York action wherein Dr. Spektor was ordered not to practice medicine in the State of New York; the New York charges alleged that on 22 occasions he failed to meet acceptable standards of medical care regarding the administration of anesthesia and stated that his continued practice constituted imminent danger to the people of New York; prior to resuming active practice in New Jersey, he must appear before a committee of the Board to demonstrate his possession of an unrestricted license to practice medicine in all jurisdictions where he is licensed (filed and effective 1/14/00).

February

5) Alexis Julio Corazon, M.D. License #63961; based on admissions that he compromised the care of his patient as a result of sexual misconduct, he over-prescribed controlled substances and wrote duplicate prescriptions for controlled substances when said patient offered excuses that she lost prescriptions or medications and his patient records failed to conform to regulatory requirements; two-year suspension, six months of which will be active with the remainder stayed as a period of probation (filed and effective 2/28/00).

6) Charles G. Mahakian, M.D., License #58868; based on the receipt of information that, in 1997, he had surrendered his right to renew his California license in settlement of a complaint filed against him alleging that he engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient; prior to resuming active practice in New Jersey, he must appear before the Board to demonstrate his possession of an unrestricted license to practice medicine in all other jurisdictions where he is or was so licensed (filed and effective 2/25/00).

May

7) Edward Blot, M.D., License # MA36164; based on the receipt of information from the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services which revealed that he had submitted Medicaid claims for services which had actually been performed by another physician with whom he shared office space; one-year suspension, the first three months of which will be active with the remainder stayed as a period of probation (filed and effective 5/10/00).

8) Kevin Gallagher, M.D. License #58295; based on his entering into a Consent Agreement and Order in New York wherein he agreed to a censure and reprimand, as well as a limitation on his license; he did not contest the two specifications of misconduct alleging he excessively prescribed Stadol for his wife and failed to maintain adequate medical records of her treatment; prior to commencing any active practice in New Jersey, he must appear before a committee of the Board to demonstrate his fitness to do so as well as his compliance with all requirements of the New York Board (filed and effective 5/7/00).

9) Joseph F. Lowney, D.O., License # 42831; based on his entering into a Consent Order with the Rhode Island Medical Board when it was found that he had engaged in unprofessional conduct, in that he had been excluded from Medicare and related state programs for two and a half years for failure to order pre-procedure tests in a timely fashion; prior to commencing active practice in New Jersey, he must appear before a committee of the Board to demonstrate his fitness as well as his compliance with the requirements of the Rhode Island Board (two-month suspension, filed and effective 5/26/00).

10) Uttam L. Munver, M.D., License #26206/01; based on the suspension of his New York license for professional misconduct including fraudulent practice and making a false report; his license is suspended for sixty days (filed and effective 5/26/00).

11) Rameshwar Pathak, M.D., License #38452; based on the suspension of his license in the State of New York for practicing with negligence on more than one occasion, practicing with incompetence and failure to maintain patient records; prior to commencing active practice in New Jersey, he shall be required to appear before the Board to demonstrate his fitness to practice, including proof that his New York license has been restored, and his compliance with the requirements of the New York Board (filed and effective 5/22/00).

June

12) Joseph Hassman, D.O., License #21112; based on the receipt of information alleging indiscriminate prescribing of controlled dangerous substances to a patient with whom he had been engaged in a sexual relationship; the Board found that he violated the Board's sexual misconduct regulation and that he engaged in misrepresentation and professional misconduct by withholding information of the nature of the relationship from local police; two-year suspension, effective 6/1/00, the first three months of which will be active with the remainder stayed as a period of probation (the order was filed 6/14/00).

13) Monte Steven Keen, M.D., License #50242; based on his entering into a Consent Order with the State of New York, Office of Professional Medical Conduct which suspended his license to practice medicine in the State of New York; he did not contest charges of fraudulent practice, being a habitual abuser of alcohol or being dependent on or a habitual user of narcotics, barbiturates, amphetamines, hallucinogens, or other drugs having similar effect, or having a psychiatric condition which impairs his ability to practice; he shall refrain from engaging in the practice of medicine in the State of New Jersey pending issuance of a Modification Order by the New York Board staying the indefinite suspension of his license in New York (filed and effective 6/15/00).

14) Angel R. Lobo, M.D., License #29576; based on the receipt of information indicating that he had provided disability certifications to various individuals without sufficient medical information or documentation for such certifications; the Board found that he had engaged in repeated acts of negligence by failing to properly evaluate the alleged injuries sustained, such negligence including failure to administer and document range of motion tests and failure to obtain X-rays; the Board further found that he failed to keep medical records in accordance with Board regulations and, therefore, had engaged in professional misconduct; one-year suspension, stayed as a period of probation (filed and effective 6/14/00).

Revocations:

May

1) Rafael Miguel Cappiello, M.D., License #23765; based on the revocation of his license in the State of Nevada for multiple counts of malpractice, repeated malpractice and having a pattern of practice of continual failure to exercise skill or diligence, which pattern was alleged to be detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens in the State of Nevada; his New Jersey license is permanently revoked (filed and effective 5/22/00).

2) Darren James, D.P.M., License #MD2179; based on his entering a guilty plea in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to two counts of mail fraud, for which he was sentenced to three years probation; specifically, he admitted submitting claims for services through U.S. mail to private insurance companies indicating certain podiatric services had been provided which he did not perform; additionally, in June, 1999, he entered a guilty plea in Superior Court of New Jersey to one count of Medicaid fraud, agreed to a provider exclusion from the Medicaid and Medicare programs and was sentenced to five years probation, concurrent with the Federal probation; the Board also found that he had failed to properly disclose the convictions and exclusions in response to direct questions contained on his biennial registration renewal application; his license is permanently revoked (the order was filed 5/18/00 and is effective 4/26/00).

3) Demetrius D. Kontos, M.D., License #19655; based on the December, 1998 surrender of his New York license in settlement of a complaint filed by the New York Board, charging him with 46 counts of professional misconduct; the complaint charged that he had been convicted, in October, 1997 in the New York Criminal Court, of attempted tampering with physical evidence in response to a grand jury subpoena, and that he had provided the New York Board with falsified medical records; in his surrender before the New York Board, he admitted guilt to the criminal conviction; his New Jersey license is permanently revoked (filed and effective 5/7/00).

Surrendered:

January

1) Eric G. Stier, D.O., License #MB28983; based on the receipt of information from the Physicians' Health Program that he had suffered a relapse into the abuse of cocaine; voluntary surrender without prejudice for a minimum period of six months from the entry date of this order (filed and effective 1/6/00).

March

2) Charles M. Curry Jr., M.D., License #56490; based on the receipt of information that he had been arrested and charged with obtaining prescription drugs fraudulently; the Board was further apprised that in response to those charges he admitted that, since at least 1997, he had fraudulently obtained controlled substances for self-administration; the surrender is deemed a permanent revocation of his license (filed and effective 3/24/00).

3) Adib B. Hindi, M.D., License #26593; based on the Board's acceptance of the allegations contained in the Complaint filed 10/5/98, including misrepresentation, deception, professional misconduct, aiding/abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine, gross negligence/malpractice, violation of the Consumer Fraud Act, failure to comply with the Patient Record Rule and professional practice violations concerning billing and sharing of fees for professional services; permanent surrender of his license is deemed a revocation (Final Decision and Order filed and effective 3/22/00).

4) Job Hopfan, M.D., License #45951; based on the receipt of information that he had sought treatment in an intensive out-patient treatment program because of a substance abuse relapse into a prior abuse problem with Floricet; the surrender is for a minimum period of six months from the entry date of this Order (filed and effective 3/27/00).

April

5) Martin Alperin, M.D., License #16462; based on the receipt of a complaint filed by the parents of a patient who died while under his care; the surrender is with prejudice and will act as a revocation of his license (filed and effective 4/13/00).

6) Barbara Lynn Maugle, D.P.M., License #MD2498; based on the receipt of information provided by the Physicians' Health Program that she self-reported a relapsed into her use of alcohol and advised that she had been involved in an incident involving an assault on a police officer; the Board's investigation revealed an extensive record of arrests and dispositions for Driving Under the Influence, with the most recent arrest occurring in October, 1999, at which time she was also charged with possession of a Scheduled IV controlled substances, open container, driving while suspended, operating with drugs in a motor vehicle and careless driving; the surrender will act as a revocation of her license (filed and effective 4/17/00).

7) Jonathan Ross, M.D., License #59619; based on the receipt of information that he was arrested by agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and charged with obtaining controlled dangerous substances by fraud; allegedly, he had written prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances for his own use in the name of another person for whom the prescription was not intended and paid that second person to fill the prescription and deliver the drugs to him; he pled guilty and was convicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on 10/15/99; subsequently, the Board learned that he pled guilty in Camden County Superior Court and was sentenced to one year probation on 10/10/99 for unlawful possession of a weapon, a semiautomatic firearm; this second conviction demonstrates a lack of good moral character, which is an ongoing requirement for licensure; additionally, he engaged in repeated acts of negligence, malpractice and incompetence and professional misconduct by engaging in repea ted sexual acts with several patients; the surrender, with prejudice, is deemed a revocation of his license (filed and effective 4/12/00).

8) Howard J. Sperling, M.D., License #42924; based on the receipt of information that he sought treatment in an intensive in-patient treatment program for a substance abuse relapse; the surrender is for a minimum period of six months from the entry date of this order (filed and effective 4/13/00).

June

9) Libico Mario DiBlasio, M.D., License #34552; based on the receipt of information that, on 5/25/00, the State of New York summarily suspended his license pending a hearing based upon a Statement of Charges alleging that he engaged in repeated acts of negligence and incompetence and/or gross incompetence in connection with radiology services and other screening services for the detection of breast cancer; he was granted leave to cease and desist the practice of medicine and surgery in New Jersey until such time as his summary suspension is resolved before the New York Board (filed and effective 6/26/00).

10) Frederick S. Tapper, D.O., License #46016; based on his admission that he violated a prior order of the Board by relapsing into the abuse of controlled dangerous substances; the surrender is deemed a permanent revocation with prejudice (filed and effective 6/14/00).

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BOARD OF NURSING

Suspensions:

January

1) Joyce A. Beniulis, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she prepared, presented and obtained false prescriptions during the period from 3/24/98 through 4/17/99; two-year suspension, commencing on the date of voluntary surrender (8/10/99); (this order was filed on 1/7/00).

2) Elaine Christie, R.N.; professional misconduct in connection with her care of a nursing home resident, in that she failed to notify the physician of the resident's abnormal lab results and failed to perform a complete assessment and charting of the resident's condition; two-year suspension, stayed and served as a period of probation, on the express condition that she may practice only in a non-clinical setting (filed and effective 1/13/00).

3) Sheila M. Fleischer, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she misappropriated demerol from her hospital employer for her own use and failed to properly chart the administration of controlled substances at the same hospital; two-year suspension, commencing on the date of voluntary surrender (10/21/99); (this order was filed on 1/7/00).

4) Danette Knutson, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she unlawfully removed various prescription legend drugs for her own use; two-year suspension, commencing on the date of voluntary surrender (10/20/99); (this order was filed on 1/7/00).

5) Patricia Lacy Loll, R.N.; professional misconduct, in that she violated the terms of Pennsylvania's Voluntary Recovery Program; her license will be suspended to run concurrently with the order issued by the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing (three-year suspension, commencing on 12/7/98); (this order was filed on 1/7/00).

6) Linda Ann Sabey, L.P.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she misappropriated controlled substances for her own use during the period from December 1998 to September 1999; two-year suspension, commencing on the date of voluntary surrender (9/21/99); (this order was filed on 1/7/00).

7) Elsie Tuttle, R.N.; professional misconduct in connection with her care of a nursing home resident, in that she failed to notify the physician of the resident's abnormal lab results and failed to personally assess the resident; three-year suspension, stayed upon the express condition and limitation that she shall no longer work as a nurse due to her retirement from nursing (filed and effective 1/13/00).

8) Jamilah Yusif, R.N.; professional misconduct in connection with her care of a nursing home resident, in that she failed to direct the attending nurse to notify the physician of the resident's abnormal lab results, failed to notify the physician herself of the resident's abnormal lab results, and failed to personally assess the resident; three-year suspension, one year of which will be active, with the final two years stayed and served as a period of probation if, at the end of the first year, she presents clear and convincing evidence that she is fit and competent to reenter nursing practice (filed and effective 1/13/00).

9) Mary Vickers, L.P.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation in that she diverted controlled substances from the hospital at which she was employed for her own use for a period of five months; two-year suspension, commencing on the date of voluntary surrender (11/20/99); (this order was filed on 1/7/00).

10) Ferdinand Zaldivar, R.N.; professional misconduct in connection with his care of a nursing home resident, in that he failed to check the physician's order to administer a J-tube feeding, failed to program the pump and failed to examine the bag or the pump during his shift; indefinite suspension (filed and effective 1/13/00).

February

11) Probyn Allen, L.P.N.; conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude and/or which relates adversely to nursing; obtaining a license renewal through the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that he indicated on his license renewal form that he had not been convicted of any crime since his last renewal when in fact he had been convicted of the crime of theft by deception (one-year suspension, filed and effective 2/7/00).

12) Carlos A. Cervera, C.H.H.A.; professional misconduct, in that he pled guilty to a disorderly persons charge of harassment with respect to two patients (two-year suspension, filed and effective 2/22/00).

13) Ann Dorman, R.N.; professional misconduct in connection with the charting and administration of controlled medications; three-year suspension, commencing on the date of voluntary surrender (11/3/99); (this order was filed on 2/15/00).

14) Josie Maglasang, R.N.;professional misconduct in connection with her care of a nursing home resident, in that she failed to notify the physician of the resident's overload of medication administered via a J-tube feeding, failed to check the pump or bag on her first rounds, and failed to perform a complete assessment and charting of the resident's condition; two-year suspension, stayed and served as a period of probation (this order was filed on 2/7/00).

15) Sarah O'Donnell, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she misappropriated controlled substances from her hospital employer for her own use and failed to properly chart the administration of controlled substances; two-year suspension, commencing on the date of voluntary surrender (1/4/00); (this order was filed on 2/7/00).

16) Kathleen A. O'Farrell, R.N.; sister state action based on findings by the New York Board of Nursing that she was guilty of gross negligence and unprofessional conduct, in that she incorrectly administered medication in three documented instances; two-year suspension, stayed and served as a period of probation (filed and effective 2/7/00).

March

17) Debra Gorman, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she misappropriated controlled substances for her own use from the hospital at which she was employed as a nurse and failed to properly chart the administration of controlled substances; two-year suspension (filed on 3/6/00).

April

18) Janet L. Barbarito, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she misappropriated morphine from her hospital employer and failed to properly chart the administration of morphine at the hospital; two-year suspension (filed on 4/10/00).

19) Carol Chassey, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she failed to follow accepted standards of nursing practice and hospital policy; violation of the Board of Nursing's reinstatement/probation order in that she failed to properly chart on repeated occasions; two-year suspension, commencing on the date of the actual surrender of her license (11/3/99); (this order was filed on 4/10/00).

20) Lesa M. Hall, R.N.; convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude, in that she had been arrested and convicted of offenses from 1992 to 1997, and she falsely indicated that she had been convicted of no such offenses on her application for renewal of licensure; two-year suspension, stayed and served as a period of probation (filed and effective 4/5/00).

21) Jennifer Mann, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she misappropriated various controlled substances from her hospital employer during the period from September 1999 to January 2000; two-year suspension, commencing on the date of the actual surrender of her license (1/13/00); (this order was filed on 4/10/00).

22) Martha Jane Morgan, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she was convicted of a crime of moral turpitude and/or which relates adversely to nursing; she pled guilty in Superior Court, Atlantic County on 12/13/99 to the crime of theft, admitting that she misappropriated controlled medication from her employer and failed to properly chart the administration of controlled substances; (two-year suspension, filed on 4/10/00).

23) Nancy D. Ross, L.P.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that, during the period from January to February, 2000, she misappropriated Percocet from her hospital employer; two-year suspension, commencing on the date of the actual surrender of her license (2/16/00); (this order was filed on 4/10/00).

24) Diane Simeone, L.P.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she falsely obtained controlled substances without authorization on or about 10/7/99 and 10/29/99; two-year suspension, commencing on the date of voluntary surrender (11/15/00); (this order was filed on 4/10/00).

25) Heather Stinnett, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that, during the period from November 1999 through February 2000, she misappropriated controlled substances from her hospital employer; two-year suspension, commencing on the date of the actual surrender of her license (2/4/00); (this order was filed on 4/10/00).

26) Carole Ann Valpone, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she misappropriated and/or failed to account for quantities of Demerol on 2/9/00 while employed at a nursing home; three-year suspension, commencing on the date of the actual surrender of her license (2/16/00); (this order was filed on 4/10/00).

Revocations:

January

1) Ann Marie Millan, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she violated the Board of Nursing's final consent order filed 5/25/99 (which barred her from being employed as a nurse) by working as a registered nurse (filed and effective 1/7/00).

February

2) Olamide Olusola Akinboye, C.H.H.A.; violation of the Board's regulation requiring that certificate holders advise the Board of any change of address within 30 days of such change and violation of the Board's duty to cooperate rule, in that a notice sent via certified mail to her address of record requesting her appearance before the Board for an investigative inquiry was returned marked "Attempt-Not-Known" (this order was filed on 2/22/00).

3) Joy Newman, C.H.H.A.; occupational misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she misappropriated and endorsed, in her own name, a government check issued to a patient in the amount of $4,670.08 and deposited it into her bank account for her own use (filed and effective 2/7/00).

4) Annette Rivera, C.H.H.A.; occupational misconduct, in that she was found to be asleep when she had a responsibility to care for a patient, was found disoriented upon awakening, and was unable to discuss the patient's condition with the relief aide; (filed and effective 2/22/00).

5) Diane K. Robinson, L.P.N.; gross negligence, gross malpractice and/or gross incompetence and professional misconduct, in that she failed to initiate appropriate action to have the condition of a friend medically assessed during a period of unconsciousness after that friend had ingested a bag of heroin; shortly after, the individual was pronounced dead (filed and effective 2/22/00).

6) Antoinette L. Sample, L.P.N.; failure to cooperate with the Board of Nursing's investigation, in that she failed to appear before the Board to answer allegations that she employed improper medication procedures and made charting errors while she worked as an agency nurse in or about August 1997 (filed and effective 2/22/00).

March

7) Janet A. Glover, C.H.H.A., A/K/A Cecelia Mappy, C.H.H.A.; the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and misrepresentation, in that she submitted an application for certification as a homemaker-home health aide in which she falsely identified herself as Cecelia Mappy, utilized false information including date of birth and social security number and attested that all of the information contained in the application was answered completely and truthfully (filed and effective 3/6/00).

April

8) Susan Malady, R.N.; conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude and/or which relates adversely to nursing, in that she was adjugded guilty after a jury trial in Superior Court, Morris County of theft in the second degree, falsifying records in the fourth degree and forgery in the fourth degree; (filed and effective 4/10/00).

9) Patricia Sellers, R.N.; professional misconduct and the use of fraud, deception, dishonesty and/or misrepresentation, in that she submitted a license renewal application to the New Jersey State Board of Nursing in which she failed to disclose that she had disciplinary action taken against her in another jurisdiction (Pennsylvania) since her last renewal; the Board found additional grounds for revoking her license in that she had her authority to engage in nursing practice suspended or revoked by another state agency when the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing suspended her license in October 1996 upon finding that she was addicted to the use of alcohol and that she failed to comply with the conditions of participation in the Pennsylvania Voluntary Recovery Program (filed and effective 4/12/00).

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BOARD OF PHARMACY

Suspensions:

April

1) Michael F. McCauley, R.P.; based on the receipt of information that he was suspended from the hospital at which he was employed in September 1999 after having admitted to the possession and personal use of a Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance, not pursuant to a valid prescription, and having tested positive to cocaine and opiates pursuant to a urine screen; his license is suspended for one year, the first month of which will be active while the remainder will be stayed as a period of probation (filed and effective 4/11/00).

2.) Wayne Ruben, R.P.; based on the receipt of information that while enrolled in the Physicians Health Program of the Medical Society of New Jersey, he tested positive for Morphine, a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance; his license is suspended pending further order by the Board (filed and effective 4/17/00).

May

3) Corrine Moran, R.P.; based on her testing positive, at her workplace, for alcohol in January 1999 and for phenobarbital, a Controlled Dangerous Substance, in June 1999; additionally, an in-depth psychological evaluation determined that she presents a danger to the public if she continues to practice as a registered pharmacist; her license is suspended until further order of the Board (filed and effective 5/19/00).

4) Frank DeCandia, R.P.; based on the filing of a Complaint by the Attorney General alleging various violations of the statutes and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy; his license is suspended for two years, all of which will be stayed and served as a period of probation (filed and effective 5/23/00).

5.) Lynee DeCandia, R.P.I.C.; based on the filing of a Complaint by the Attorney General alleging numerous violations of the statutes and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy; her license is suspended for 18 months, all of which will be stayed as a period of probation (filed and effective 5/25/00).

Revocations:

January

1) David Samuels, R.P.; based on his conviction for the crime of conspiracy to defraud the United States in Federal District Court in New Jersey, in that he purchased diverted drug samples from a pharmaceutical sales representative for a discounted price and thereafter sold the samples to the public as prescription drugs (filed and effective 1/15/00).

February

2) Jack Saady, R.P.; based on his conviction in Federal Court, District of New Jersey of the crime of conspiracy to defraud the United States, in that he purchased diverted drug samples from a pharmaceutical sales representative for a discounted price and thereafter sold the samples to the public as prescription drugs (filed and effective 2/28/00).

March

3) Nitin Khandwala, R.P.; based on his conviction for the crime of Medicaid Fraud, in that he falsely represented on a medical supplier invoice that a quantity of pharmaceutical items had been purchased, knowing that the fraudulent invoice was being used to support claims for dispensing payments from Medicaid when in fact the dispensings had not occurred (filed and effective 3/8/00).

4) John Maiorano. R.P.; based on his conviction in Federal Court, District of New Jersey for the crime of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, in that he purchased diverted drug samples from a pharmaceutical sales representative for a discounted price and thereafter sold the samples to the public as prescription drugs (filed and effective 3/24/00).

April

5) Festus Mgbeme, R.P; based on findings of indebtedness which involve fraud, dishonesty or misrepresentation, in that he was the subject of a Judgment filed in Superior Court, Essex County by the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services for failure to reimburse the State of New Jersey for incorrect payment of $276,164.73 (filed and effective 4/11/00).

May

6) Milton Barasch, R.P.; based on the receipt of information that, having been convicted of Medicaid Fraud in 1983 and having his pharmacy license suspended thereafter for one year, he had admitted to accepting fraudulent prescriptions and submitting claims for reimbursement to the Medicaid program without any drugs being dispensed pursuant to those claims (filed and effective 5/25/00).

June

7) Nicholas Pirovolos, R.P.; based on his conviction in Federal District Court of New Jersey on 5/25/00 for the crime of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, in that he pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud customers by buying and selling stolen drug samples (filed and effective 6/27/00).

July

8) Harry Richman, R.P.; based on the five-count Complaint filed on 2/9/99 by the Attorney General, detailing his record of continuous disregard for the laws and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy in the period from 1985 through 1998 (filed and effective 7/17/00).

9) Joseph Demarinis, R.P.; based on his conviction in the Federal District Court of New Jersey on 1/19/00 for the crime of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, in that he pled guilty to conspiring to defraud customers by buying and selling stolen drug samples (filed and effective 7/26/00).

Surrendered:

March

1) Lucille Wexler, R.P.; based on the receipt of information that she had been diverting Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substances from her workplace for her own use for approximately six months; she wishes to surrender her license pending a plenary hearing before the Board (filed and effective 3/24/00).

May

2) Laura Passaro, R.P.; based on the receipt of information that she had been diverting a prescription legend drug, Fiorcet, for her own use from her workplace for approximately eight months; she is granted leave to surrender her license pending a plenary hearing before the Board (filed an effective 5/25/00).

June

3) Larry Steven Kramer R.Ph.; based on the receipt of information that he has engaged in conduct in violation of numerous statutes, Board rules and accepted standards of practice during the period from 1997 to the present; in the interests of amicable interim settlement of the matter without admissions, he voluntarily and temporarily surrendered his license on 6/16/00, effective immediately (the order was filed on 6/26/00).

4) John Stewart Walker, R.P.; based on the receipt of information that he had been diverting Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substances for his own use for approximately one year; he voluntarily agreed to refrain from the practice of pharmacy on 5/1/00, and now wishes to surrender his license pending a plenary hearing before the Board (filed and effective 6/22/00).

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BOARD OF PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINERS

Suspensions:

1) Herbert J. Tannenbaum, Ph. D; engaging in gross malpractice, repeated acts of malpractice, professional misconduct and direct violation of the Board's regulation concerning sexual misconduct, in that he engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient; three-year suspension, retroactive to 3/4/00, the first year of which shall be active, with the remaining two years stayed and served as a period of probation (this order was filed on 3/13/00).

2) Marie A. Mastria, Ph. D; professional misconduct and direct violation of the Board's regulation concerning sexual misconduct, in that she engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient; three-year suspension, commencing on 5/9/00, first six months of which shall be active, with the remaining 30 months stayed and served as a period of probation (this order was filed on 4/9/00).

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BOARD OF RESPIRATORY CARE

Suspensions:

April

1) John Flynn, License #ZA001271; based on the suspension of his nursing license by the New Jersey Board of Nursing on or about 7/31/99. The Board of Nursing found that while working as a respiratory care practitioner, Mr. Flynn failed to account for a controlled dangerous substance. This incident was followed by Mr. Flynn being found in possession of a controlled dangerous substance. After failing to respond to a Provisional Order of Discipline, the final Order Suspending Licensure was filed (two-year suspension, filed and effective 4/2/00).

May

2) Naira Juharian, License #ZA003556; dishonesty and professional misconduct and incapacity to discharge the duties of a licensee in a manner consistent with the public's health, safety and welfare, in that she admitted that she had stolen a diamond ring from the finger of a patient who expired within an hour of the taking of the ring on 5/23/99 (one-year suspension, filed and effective 5/2/00).

Surrendered:

April

1) George Hartlein, License #ZA001964; voluntary surrender of his license pursuant to allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with a patient and a subsequent automobile accident. Mr. Hartlein enters into the Order of Voluntary Surrender without admitting any wrongdoing (filed and effective 4/4/00).

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BUREAU OF SECURITIES

Permanently Barred:

February

1) Based upon the Bureau's findings that Richard J. Berg offered and sold securities by means of false and misleading material statements of fact and omissions of material facts, such as, among other things, misrepresenting that the transactions were solicited were suitable for the customer and failing to disclose risks associated with purchasing highly speculative over-the-counter securities and employing high pressure sales tactics (filed and effective 2/19/00).

April

2) Based upon the Bureau's findings that Robert Feinberg pled guilty, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, to one count of conspiracy to pay bribes to a union officer and two counts of paying a bribe to a union officer (filed and effective 4/18/00).

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BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS

Revocations:

July

1) Arthur R. Dinkel, Jr, L.C.S.W.; misrepresentation, deception, gross and repeated negligence and malpractice, failure to comply with rules of the Board and professional misconduct (filed and effective 7/19/00).

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