In Newark New Jersey State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced this week that the State Board of Medical Examiners has pulled the medical licenses of 5 physicians in numerous cases involving illegally prescribing steroids and narcotics and medical fraud. Two of the doctors were found guilty of illegal drug trafficking.
The physicians are:
Doctor Jose J. Leyson, a Newark urologist
Doctor Kevin T. Custis, a family physician in Asbury Park
Doctor William F. Mclay, a family physician in Cape May County
Doctor Bonnie Chen, a West Caldwell internist
Doctor Anthony Enrico, Jr., a Paterson podiatrist
Attorney General Grewal said this: “Physicians who indiscriminately prescribe dangerous drugs for profit are no better than street-corner drug dealers, and we will do everything we can to protect our communities from such danger.”
Doctor Jose Leyson, age 72 – Leyson, the medical director of a Newark medical clinic, confessed in federal court last January to issuing illegal prescriptions for Oxycodone and committing healthcare fraud.
Leyson admitted in court that he wrote prescriptions without performing patient exams in exchange for cash. He admitted that he and others at the clinic conspired to submit phony bills to Medicare for allergy tests that were unnecessary. Leyson was sentenced to 2 years of probation,
Doctor Kevin T. Custis, age 51. Custis, who operated clinics in Asbury Park and Brooklyn, confessed to distributing steroids and marijuana.
Custis could get 10 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine for distributing anabolic steroids, and 5 years and a $250,000 fine for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.
Doctor William F. Mclay, age 74. Mclay is believed to have routinely prescribed Oxycodone, Xanax, Adderall and other drugs for no medical reason.
Doctor Bonnie Chen, age 54. Chen, who was previously sanctioned in 2013 for failing to maintain safe practices in prescribing injectable testosterone and other medications, had her medical license revoked to settle new charges of illegally prescribing hormone replacement drugs.
Doctor Anthony Enrico, age 60. Enrico, a podiatrist with 3 clinics in Paterson, Passaic and Elizabeth, prescribed large doses of narcotics for years for no legitimate medical purpose.
Last October, Enrico confessed in federal court to stealing $3,000,000 from Medicare and private insurance payers by fraudulent billing. In March 2018 he was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison and ordered to pay back the $3,000,000.
Investigators with the Division of Consumer Affairs Enforcement Bureau conducted the investigations.