Ki I. Song, 70, of Matawan, was sentenced
to three years of probation by Superior
Court Judge Bradley J. Ferencz in Middlesex
County. Judge Ferencz also ordered Song
to pay a $5,000 fine and to serve 150 hours
of community service. The sentence was based
on Song’s March 13 guilty plea to
third-degree dispensing of a controlled
dangerous substance. The charge was contained
in an Oct. 21, 2011 state grand jury indictment.
In pleading guilty, Song, who until 2011
was a licensed physician practicing in Jersey
City, admitted that on June 1, 2010 and
on or about March 19, 2011, he knowingly
wrote prescriptions for Xanax in return
for a payment of $100 without examining
the recipient of the prescription. An investigation
determined that Song made the exchanges
with the customers in a restaurant parking
lot on Route 1 in Woodbridge.
The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners
permanently revoked Song's medical license
by voluntary surrender on April 20, 2011.
Deputy Attorney General Kim Ringler handled
the matter on behalf of the Attorney General.
Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald
Chillemi noted that the charge to which
Song pleaded guilty is the result of an
investigation by the Office of the Insurance
Fraud Prosecutor's Medicaid Fraud Control
Unit and the Jersey City Police Department's
Special Investigation Unit. This investigation
stems from a prior investigation by the
agencies called Operation MedScam.
New Jersey law provides that there is a
presumption against any sentence of incarceration
for a person convicted of a third-degree
crime who has not previously been convicted
of an indictable offense. Deputy Attorney
General David Noble, Sgt. Frederick Weidman
and Detective Kevin Gannon, were assigned
to this matter.