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P.O. Box 45029, 124 Halsey Street,
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 648-4742 / fax
(973) 648-7462

  • Doreen Hafner
    Chief, Deputy Attorney General
  • David Puteska
    Assistant Chief, Deputy Attorney General

The Professional Boards Prosecution section prosecutes disciplinary matters against licensed professionals for violations of statutes, regulations and standards governing the practice of professions and occupations in New Jersey. The actions are brought in administrative forums and in the name of the Attorney General. Section attorneys also work closely with the Division of Consumer Affairs in the investigation of alleged regulatory violations by professionals. While the section prosecutes cases across a wide range of professions which encompass the close to fifty licensing boards, a major focus is on health care related matters. Deputies frequently file actions before the State Medical, Nursing and Dental boards involving cutting edge legal issues such as the indiscriminate prescribing of controlled dangerous substances (“CDS”) which gave rise to the opioid abuse crisis; sexual misconduct; and quality of care. In 2018 more than twenty CDS actions have been prosecuted which have resulted in the suspension or revocation of licenses and/or prescribing privileges.

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