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Doctor accused of practicing without a valid license

The list of requirements to be licensed as a doctor of medicine in the state of New York is, at the very least, extensive. The New York State Education Department's Office of Professions goes on at length about the requirements, types of licenses, verification process and much more.

On its long list of what constitutes unprofessional conduct that can result in suspension, revocation or denial of a license in our state - applicable to all professions - are convictions for felonies and misdemeanors. We read recently of a doctor not far from New York City who has allegedly been practicing without a valid license for some time. His license was suspended back in 2004 after he was charged with felony drug crimes.

The 59-year-old lives in Warren County, New Jersey. The prosecutor there accuses him of practicing without a valid license for some time, though the office admits that "at this time, we are unable to say how long he was actively practicing without a valid license."

The drug charge and conviction were apparently in Ohio, according to a recent news report.

The doctor now faces a third-degree charge of practicing medicine without a license. The owner of the clinic where he works is also facing a serious accusation: aiding or abetting another person in practicing medicine without a valid license.

Both charges have the potential for harsh punishment: a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $75,000.

Health care providers facing similar accusations involving licensing in New York can discuss evidence, legal options and more with an attorney experienced in license defense.

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