In a startling turn of events, a New Jersey woman named Maria Macburnie, aged 62 has been arrested on charges of posing as a doctor and engaging in the illegal practice of prescribing medicine to unsuspecting individuals.
The arrest came after a thorough investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, which uncovered a series of alarming activities.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Maria Macburnie with several serious offenses, including practicing medicine without a valid license, forgery, health care claims fraud, and distributing controlled dangerous substances.
This combination of charges highlights the severity of her actions and the potential harm caused to the victims involved.
From March 2022 to June 2023, Maria Macburnie operated at Shore Medical Associates in Toms River, New Jersey. What’s particularly shocking is that she assumed the identity of a family member who held an active medical license, using their name to further her deceitful practices. By doing so, she not only breached the trust of her patients but also undermined the integrity of the medical profession.
One of the most concerning aspects of this case is that Maria Macburnie prescribed medications under her relative’s name, including controlled dangerous substances. This raised serious questions about patient safety and the potential risks associated with the unauthorized distribution of potent drugs.
In addition to her fraudulent medical practices, Maria Macburnie also submitted insurance claims and bills for services that were never legitimately rendered. Such actions not only defrauded insurance companies but also added to the financial burden of an already compromised healthcare system.
Maria Macburnie was taken into custody on the day of her arrest and was subsequently booked in the Ocean County Jail. She now faces the prospect of a detention hearing, which will determine her fate in this case. As of now, it remains uncertain whether she has secured legal representation.
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