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Doctor who wrote unnecessary prescriptions may avoid jail

TOMS RIVER — A former New Jersey doctor who admitted writing prescriptions for highly addictive opiate painkillers with no medical justification may avoid a jail sentence.

Judge's gavel (Kuzma, ThinkStock)
Judge’s gavel (Kuzma, ThinkStock)

Liviu Holca received a 364-day county jail term when he was sentenced Friday. But the judge suspended the term on the condition that the 58-year-old Stafford physician successfully complete three years of probation and perform 100 hours of community service.

Holca also must find employment within 45 days and will forfeit $292,919.

Holca pleaded guilty in March to distributing oxycodone and money laundering. He had a family medicine practice in Stafford, but lost his medical license due to the criminal charges and closed his office.

Authorities say Holca gave an undercover officer prescriptions for hundreds of pills for which she had no medical need.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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