Parsippany-Troy Hill Doctor Indicted for Alleged Practice of Medicine After License Was Suspended

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps announce that Doctor Fadi Bejjani, 56 years old, of Roseland, New Jersey was indicted today after an investigation revealed that he was allegedly practicing medicine while his license was suspended.

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.

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 [email protected].

Disbarred Parsippany Attorney Charged with Alleged Unlawful Practice of Law

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Hopatcong Borough Police Chief Robert Brennan, and Roxbury Township Police Chief James Simonetti announce that John J. Montefusco, Sr., 72 years old of Parsippany, New Jersey, has been charged today with the Unlawful Practice of Law, a crime of the third degree.

On a number of occasions between December, 2012 and April, 2013, Montefusco allegedly met with an individual and discussed providing legal representation in a pending criminal court matter. During that time period, Montefusco allegedly accepted money from the individual as a retainer to provide legal services. Montefusco previously tendered his consent to disbarment as an Attorney at Law of the State of New Jersey, effective June 5, 2009, and, as such, is prohibited from practicing law in the State of New Jersey.

The charges, which were served on the defendant by detectives from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, were the result of a lengthy criminal investigation conducted by the Hopatcong Police Department, the Roxbury Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Montefusco was charged on April 26, 2013 in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey by detectives from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Montefusco was issued a summons and released. He has been given a court date of May 1, 2013.

The defendant has previously pled guilty on February 13, 2008 to Mail Fraud in Federal Court for actions he had taken as the Parsippany-Troy Hills Planning Board Attorney. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he admitted “that he gave his official assistance to a developer in return for benefits to him and his family that included discounted purchase prices on houses that allowed the family members to quickly resell the properties at substantial profit.”

He is scheduled to be sentenced in Federal Court on this plea on June 27, 2013.

Acting Prosecutor Fredric Knapp thanks the Hopatcong Police Department, the Roxbury Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Unit whose efforts contributed to this result.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Joins 6th Annual Operation Take-Back Day

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, Morris Plains Police Chief Scott Thompson and Randolph Township Police Chief Robert Mason announce that their agencies will be acting in conjunction this Saturday, April 27, 2013 joining the 6th Annual Operation Take-Back Day Program.

Operation Take-Back is a national initiative that encourages individuals to turn in unused or expired prescriptions, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal. The medication collection will allow citizens to give their unused medications to law enforcement officials without releasing personal information. After the event, law enforcement officials will dispose of the medications collected in an environmentally safe manner.

Operation Take-Back will be held in conjunction with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on April 27, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the following two locations:

Stop and Shop Supermarket
245 Littleton Road
Morris Plains, New Jersey 07950

Randolph Township Municipal Building
502 Millbrook Road
Randolph, New Jersey 07869

In addition to helping individuals dispose of unused prescription drugs, Operation Take-Back promotes awareness of juvenile prescription drug prevention efforts.

Operation Take-Back is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Prevention Network, New Jersey Chiefs of Police Association, Morris Plains Police Department, Randolph Police Department, Stop and Shop Supermarket and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. This initiative also includes numerous other drop off sites nationwide and also throughout Morris County. To find out if your town is participating in Operation Take-Back, visit www.dea.gov or contact your local Police Department.

If you need additional information, contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6268.