DOCTOR CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL PRACTICE ON ROTA

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SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Mar. 3) - The CNMI Attorney General’s Office has filed 194 counts of violation of the Medical Practice Act against Dr. Larry Borja Hocog for engaging in illegal practice of medicine on Rota over the past two years.

Hocog, 48, was also charged with two counts of disturbing the peace for threatening to kill and fire two pharmacists on Rota last September.

Hocog was summoned to appear and answer the charges in Superior Court on May 2 at 9 a.m.

According to Assistant Attorney General Grant D. Sanders, the defendant practiced medicine 138 times when his medical license expired, was suspended or revoked from March to Dec. 2001.

Sanders said Hocog also practiced medicine 56 times when his medical license expired, was suspended or revoked from January to Sept. 2002.

On Sept. 4, 2002, Sanders said the defendant disturbed the peace of Erlinda Quinto and Sheila Yamat.

Sanders said Hocog threatened to kill and fire Quinto and Yamat, both pharmacists, when they refused to fill the defendant’s prescription upon learning he was not licensed to order such prescription.

No other details were given in court papers.

But court documents showed that a complaint was filed before the CNMI Medical Licensing Board against Hocog for allegedly engaging in unprofessional conduct by receiving $35 for each of the 50 alien worker examinations he performed last July.

Last August, Hocog also allegedly received $35 for each 47 alien worker examinations he performed.

He allegedly performed such examinations without a license, and this rendered every examination invalid "thus creating a financial hardship for the employers of the workers, the fraudulent and improper collection of monies from the workers and the fraud upon the Department of Labor and Immigration."

In 2001, approximately 1,000 alien worker examinations were conducted at Rota Health Center, but Hocog was without a license causing each examination to be invalid, the complaint said.

It was also alleged that Hocog engaged in questionable practices concerning the prescription of controlled substances from the Rota pharmacy facilities.

The Medical Licensing Board, in its decision issued last Nov. 20, determined that Hocog did engage in the practice of medicine from Feb. 2001 until April 2002 and from July 2002 until Sept. 10, 2002 while unlicensed.

But Hocog brought to court last December the MLB’s decision that found him engaging in unprofessional conduct by practicing medicine without a valid license.

Hocog said the board’s action "is contrary to constitutional right, power, privilege or immunity."

Hocog, through attorney G. Anthony Long, asked the Superior Court to issue an order declaring the board’s action as unlawful.

March, 3, 2003

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