Ex-Ocean County Doctor Loses Prescription License After Opioid Conviction

Liviu T. Holca

TRENTON–  An Ocean County physician’s medical license will remain suspended following an arrangement of the New Jersey Dept. of Law and Public safety Division of Consumer Affairs State Board of Medical Examiners and Drug Control Unit.

  Liviu T. Holca’s medical license was suspended on Oct. 1 for a period of five years based on charges related to his arrest on Jan. 24, 2014.

   Holca was arrested by members of the Ocean County Special Operations Group on charges of drug distribution, financial facilitation and gun possession, among other accusations.

  Findings of the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners by the Attorney General of New Jersey have been reviewed since March 26, 2014. Holca will continue to be barred from engaging in the practice of medicine and surgery in the state until such time as he seeks and is granted reinstatement and must refrain from all patient contact and shall not issue any prescriptions or dispense medication of any kind.

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  Holca had been cited for indiscriminately prescribing controlled dangerous substances and numerous acts of negligence by six undercover law enforcement officers posing as patients.

  A hearing in April 2014 ended with Holca entering into an interim consent order which he agreed to cease practicing medicine and in June of that year entered into a consent order of temporary suspension though denied wrongdoing but agreed to a temporary suspension of his medical license in New Jersey.

  The matter was transferred to the Newark Office of Administrative Law in October 2014 and on May 27, 2016 Holca pleaded guilty before Judge Wendel E. Daniels to the charges of distribution of controlled dangerous substances in the third degree in violation and financial facilitation of criminal activity in the third degree.

  Judge Daniels sentenced Holca to three years’ probation, 1,000 hours of community service, $1,000 in fines and costs and forfeiture of $291,019.

  The Board found Holca had engaged in the use of employment of dishonesty, fraud, deception, or misrepresentation and was grossly negligent in the manner that endangered the life health, welfare, or safety relating to the practice of medicine.

  In order to practice medicine again, Holca must appear before a committee of the Board to demonstrate his fitness to resume practice at a minimum of demonstrating his compliance with all terms ordered and his successful completion of agreed upon coursework and payment of all penalties.

  The Board has the ability to impose additional restrictions should Holca resume an active practice.