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Release* †† ††††††Date: November 6, 2009
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* †† ††††††Date: November 6, 2009
Physician convicted of practicing medicine without a license
††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that an East Brunswick doctor was convicted today of charges including practicing medicine without a license and stealing $122,000 from Medicare and about $28,000 from other medical insurance carriers.
In addition to practicing medicine without a license, Benjamin Levine (DOB 4/13/40) was found guilty of theft by deception, two counts of falsifying records and insurance fraud.
jury deliberated more than five hours before returning the guilty verdicts at
the Middlesex County Courthouse in
the request of Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet, Superior
Court Judge Lorraine Pullen revoked Levineís bail. He is being held at the
is facing 21Ĺ years in a
was arrested on December 9, 2005 at his medical office at
During an 11-day trial, Assistant Prosecutor Gillet presented evidence and testimony showing that Levine continued to practice medicine between July 2003 and December 2005, despite a warning from the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners that the law required him to have medical malpractice insurance. Without the insurance, the board suspended his license.
Levine also continued receiving payments from Medicare and other insurance companies totaling approximately $150,000.
In addition, Levine sent in a false application to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in March 2005, claiming he was a licensed physician, enabling him to obtain a DEA identification number and continue prescribing medicine.
In July 2006, Levine applied for medical malpractice insurance, but failed to disclose that he had been indicted.
The jury acquitted Levine of a count of tampering with records that were being sought during the police investigation, and he was acquitted of a count of witness tampering, in which it was alleged that he told an office worker not to cooperate with investigators.