NJ Doctor Faces 2nd License Suspension After Identity Theft Arrest
MOUNT LAUREL — A doctor who was given "one final chance" after his license was suspended a decade ago for writing illegal prescriptions is once again on the wrong side of the law. This time, he's admitted to using stolen credit cards to buy expensive electronics, which prosecutors said he then sent overseas.
The state Division of Consumer Affairs announced this month that Dr. Phillip Mach's license was suspended after he was arrested in March on charges of credit card theft, credit card fraud, and assuming a false identity among others.
Deputy Attorney General Melissa Medoway said Mach used the fraudulently obtained credit cards to buy the electronics, but also withdrew cash from the accounts. She added that the electronics were sent to Malaysia after they were ordered.
Mach's license was suspended for the first time in March 2007 after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled dangerous substances, unlawful dispensing of controlled dangerous substances, and conspiracy to distribute and dispense controlled dangerous substances.
Medoway said the plea came after Mach was involved in writing prescriptions for online pharmacies between January 2003 and May 2005. Mach said he knew the prescriptions were written "other than for a legitimate medical purpose."
His second suspension came almost exactly one year to the day of his license being reinstated with several conditions. Medoway said those conditions included being prohibited from writing any prescriptions, that he remain under the care of a psychiatrist, and that he continue to participate in psychotherapy.
In the reinstatement order by the state Board of Medical Examiners, it was noted that Mach "egregiously abused the trust placed in him as a physician" by writing the illegal prescriptions, but said the board was granting "one final chance to re-enter the practice of medicine."
In announcing the second suspension, Medoway said the new charges against him would show that Mach was involved in "acts constituting a crime or offense involving moral turpitude."
In agreeing to the suspension, Medoway said Mach did so "without making admissions and without prejudice to his ability to defend any action" based on the allegations made against him.
In addition to agreeing to surrender his license, Mach also agreed to not present himself as a doctor in the state and agreed to not perform surgery in the state.