Manalapan dentist Dr. Marc Weber, 45, has had his license revoked by the State Board of Dentistry after negligence, professional misconduct and fraud in treating his patients was discovered, according to the New Jersey Attorney General's office.
Last week, the Board decided to revoke the license because he "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," a release issued by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General said.
Weber, who has previously practiced dentistry in Red Bank, also engaged in fraud and malpractice by improperly directing patients to companies that fund dental treatments but not telling them that he and his staff receive financial benefits from those companies in exchange for signing up patients.
“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.”
Beyond revoking Weber's license to practice dentistry, Weber must also pay a $250,000 civil penalty, payable over ten years, and ordered him to repay the state for its investigative and legal expenses in the amount of $160,286. Weber must also pay $32,858 in restitution to ten of his patients.
Weber is prohibited from reapplying for a license for at least three years and must undergo counseling and have physical and mental health examinations performed before any relicensing application can be made, as a part of the Board's disciplinary order.
“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.”
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.