Man posing as doctor for years under state investigation

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A New Jersey man has been posing as a doctor for nearly 30 years, treating patients and writing prescriptions. Now, authorities are seeking to shut down Lifestyles Medical LLC in West Long Branch, because owner Raymond Salani Jr. is not a licensed doctor in the state of New Jersey, according to a complaint filed in Superior Court by the state Division of Consumer Affairs and the state Board of Medical Examiners.

State Attorney General Christopher Porrino said on Friday that Salani has been misleading patients for decades. “Despite repeated civil and criminal actions against the defendant, he has allegedly chosen to continue to represent himself as a physician,” stated Porrino. “The egregious violations of consumer and patient protection laws alleged in this complaint will not be tolerated.”

Offering a variety of alternative medical services, including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, anti-aging medicine, stress management, medical weight loss, intravenous treatment and biofeedback, Lifestyles Medical’s website claims that it is a “professional team of medical, nutritional, psychophysical and counseling clinicians.”

The Division of Consumer Affairs used undercover investigators posing as patients to help obtain a court order on April 11 to investigate the practice further. Porrino said that the undercover investigators received prescriptions without having seen or spoken to a physician.

Consumer Affairs and the Board of Medical Examiners have been trying — unsuccessfully — to stop Salani from practicing medicine since 1989, NJ.com reported.

The state is seeking a six-month prison sentence for Salani’s contempt charges, said Porrino, adding that “state officials want Salani to pay civil penalties, restitution to all the affected people and entities and costs associated with the prosecution of the case.”

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