NJ woman played doctor, prescribed meds for over a year before getting caught

A woman in New Jersey allegedly passed herself off as an actual doctor for over a year, prescribing medication, including controlled substances, before she was busted.

Maria F. Macburnie, 62, was charged on Thursday with practicing medicine by an unlicensed person, forgery, health care claims fraud, and three counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. She was also known as Marife L. Macburnie.

Prosecutors contend that the imposter treated patients between March 2022 and June 2023 at Shore Medical Associates in Toms River, Fox News reported.

Macburnie used the name Dr. Fe Almazon-Condit, who is a relative of hers and is a licensed physician. The relative reportedly seems to not be reachable at this point.

Authorities are contending that aside from playing doctor and prescribing medicine, Macburnie also filed insurance claims, fraudulently billing her services when her relative could not see patients. It was an impressive scam.

In a disturbing turn of events, when Fox News Digital contacted Shore Medical Associates, they got a recording that said the office was now permanently closed and patients should get medical assistance somewhere else. That seems to possibly indicate that the office was running the scam or at least, had something to do with it.

Patients of the Toms River office allegedly used by Macburnie are advised in its automated phone greeting to send an email to request their medical records.

Macburnie was arrested on Wednesday and was booked into the Ocean County Jail. The woman was taken into custody without incident. She was awaiting a detention hearing and it is unknown if she retained an attorney or if she has been released, according to CNN.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Special Agent in Charge Cheryl Ortiz are urging anyone who believes they were seen and/or treated by Macburnie to contact Detective Joseph Mitchell of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crime Squad at 732-929-2027, ext. 3532.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the economic crimes unit of the prosecutor’s office, and the Toms River Township Police Department all assisted in the investigation, the prosecutor’s office said.

Toms River, a township on the Jersey Shore, is approximately 60 miles east of Philadelphia.

Many wonder how she went so long without being caught:

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