State Says: Short Hills Man Stole Dentist's Identity

Authorities said a dentist who was banned from practicing stole the identity of a deceased dentist and continued to treat patients before he was arrested this week.

A Short Hills dentist, who was banned from practicing, used the identity of dead dentist to work out of four dental offices for the last year, according to the state Attorney General.

Authorities said Roben Brookhim stole the identity of Dr. John Kirkland Jr., who died last year of natural causes.  Brookhim had been banned from practicing dentistry in 2004 for insurance fraud. He learned that the day before Kirkland died, on Oct. 14, 2011 Kirkland's license had been renewed for two more years.

After Kirkland died, Brookhim resumed practicing at Associated Dental in New Providence, West Orange and Springfield, as well as a Family Dental Center office in West New York under Kirkland's name and license. 

The relationships between Brookhim, Kirkland and the owners of the dentist offices is still under investigation.

Authorities said Brookhim was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 2 and charged with the unlicensed practice of dentistry, identity theft and healthcare claims fraud. He is being held at Union County Jail with a bail of $75,000.

The Union County Prosecutor's Office, state Division of Consumer Affairs and New Providence Police Department led the investigation. 

Lard Ass October 05, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Marc J. Goldman, DDS October 07, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Unfortunately, the guy was a good a dentist and cared about his patients.
Duncan Munchkin October 09, 2012 at 03:10 PM
He's been found guilty of insurance fraud TWICE Marc. If deceiving your patients out of their money is considered "caring," then perhaps we should take a look at all caring dentists.
Cp February 03, 2013 at 05:29 AM
This man did my fiancés teeth a few months before he was caught scamming all these people, When he went back to get more work done in early December we found out he was no longer working and had been arrested. When my fiancé went to another dentist they made him get new ex rays to find that Dr. John Kirkland didn't remove his old cavities he just covered. them now we have to re-do all his teeth this man worked on because his teeth weren't done correctly. So in my eyes he wasn't caring...,


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