– 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.