Board of Dentistry Revokes License of Manalapan Dentist, Assesses
Over $443,000 in Restitution, Penalties and Costs
NEWARK - The State Board of Dentistry has revoked the license of Dr. Marc Weber, 45, a Manalapan dentist, after finding that the dentist committed professional misconduct, negligence and fraud in treating patients.
According to the Board's decision issued last week, Weber, who formerly practiced dentistry in Red Bank, committed gross negligence by failing to take readable x rays, failing to diagnose decay, "treating" healthy teeth that did not need dental work and other inappropriate actions contrary to accepted standards of care.
The Board further found that Weber committed fraud and professional misconduct by improperly steering patients to companies that financed dental treatments, while not revealing to patients that he and his staff received financial benefits from these companies in return for signing up patients.
The Board revoked Weber's license to practice and assessed Weber a $250,000 civil penalty, payable over ten years, and ordered him to repay the state $160,286 for its investigative and legal expenses. Weber also must pay a total of $32,858 in restitution to ten patients.
Weber is barred from re-applying of licensure for at least three years. In its disciplinary order, the Board requires Weber to undergo counseling and to have physical and mental health examinations performed, before any relicensing application can be made.
"These strong sanctions illustrate how our licensing boards mete out discipline in order to protect the health and safety of the public," Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said. "The Board of Dentistry weighed the facts and based its decision on the actions committed by Dr. Weber."
"Dr. Weber violated the trust of his patients, by hiding the true nature of his relationship with the credit financing companies, and through the substandard care he provided," said Eric T. Kanefsky, Acting Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs. "Egregious violations such as these cannot, and will not, be tolerated by our licensing boards."
Deputy Attorney General Wendy Leggett Faulk in the Professional Boards Prosecution Section in the Division of Law, represented the Board in this case. The Enforcement Bureau within the Division of Consumer Affairs conducted the investigation.
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