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Manahawkin Doctor Charged With Drug Distribution, Practice Closed

Doctor's bail totals $225,000

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office today arrested a Beacon Lane physician and charged him with the unlawful distribution of prescription drugs.

Liviu T. Holca's practice was also closed, said Ocean Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and state Division of Consumer Affairs Director Eric T. Kanefsky.

“No one wakes up and suddenly decides today I’m doing heroin," Coronato said. "Abuse of prescription pills is the precursor to a life of dangerous street level drug addiction. It’s only a matter of time before an addicted person’s habit pushes them from high priced pills to cheap street heroin.  Today, I include health care professionals in my warning to dealers who prey on those fighting this tragic disease – We are looking for you.”

Holca, 55, is charged with distributing prescription drugs Percocet and Xanax without any medical necessity between July 2013 and August 2013. 

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Southern Enforcement Group, the state Division of Consumer Affairs, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the Stafford Township police department assisted in the investigation, Coronato said.

"The Southern Enforcement group conducted eight undercover operations where Dr. Holca allegedly dispensed scheduled narcotic medications while not acting in the usual course of his professional practice," Coronato said. 

Holca has been charged with second degree distribution of Percocet in an amount more than one ounce, without any medical necessity; third degree distribution of Xanax in an amount of more than one ounce without any medical necessity; possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of firearms during commission of a controlled dangerous substance offense, and second degree financial facilitation (money laundering, Coronato said.

Law enforcement officials also found several loaded firearms, a quantity of suspected controlled dangerous substances and a significant amount of cash at Holca's home, after obtaining a search warrant, Coronato said.

Holca's bail was set  at $225,000 - $150,000 for the weapon, marijuana and money laundering charges, and $75,000 for the illegal pills offenses, authorities said.

The investigation is continuing. Ocean County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Michael Abatemarco will try the case.

"The matter also has been referred to the State Office of the Attorney General for possible action regarding Dr. Holca's medical license and his Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) registration," Coronato said.

Holca has surrendered his DEA license to prescribe controlled substances, the prosecutor said.

Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Marc E. Roessler filed a civil forfeiture complaint Friday. Coronato wants the ttitle to the medical office building and the cash recovered at Holca's home.

 


anonymous January 24, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Hope the ride was worth it. Have a fun time on the way down. Let me be the first to welcome you to what used to be the middle class where food costs a fortune and you cant always fill your car with premium. Oh by the way great picture, thought you old guys were wiser than that. DOC = Department of Corrections to you now anonymous
Jessica Austin Higgins January 24, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Thank GOD!! This guy has been pushing narcotic prescriptions in this area for YEARS!!!
PETER CHIRICO January 24, 2014 at 05:51 PM
too many smart foreign docs lookin for the big American dollar
cor65 January 24, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Big surprise... ;)
Susan January 24, 2014 at 08:30 PM
I can't believe it took this long. I thought the dispensing of the amount of drugs my neighbor was using was awfully odd at that time some ten years ago. He became a blubbering drooling idiot. I'm not sure he has ever recovered from it, since he moved away. How many lives has this man destroyed. I don't like to judge but the Hippocratic oath says you will do no harm. I believe the loss of his license is a no brainer. there are smarter people than me that know how to make those decisions but I pray he will not be allowed to hurt anyone else. what happen to the days when you could trust your Doctor. Its so very sad.
Bruno January 24, 2014 at 08:58 PM
When the heroine cartels will be stop once for ever in ocean county?????
Allison Cottrell January 25, 2014 at 09:20 AM
This dates back way before 2013, at least 2009 or even earlier! Thank god he's done helping people ruin their lives he's just another scum bag drug dealer
Katielyn January 25, 2014 at 09:32 AM
What a DA!! I need a job so badly and he is a DR who has ruined his life! and who's money was he laundering?
Eric Thomas January 26, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Welcome to America. Which one of the people who've commented is building the gallows? One person "knows" the Doctor has been "pushing narcotic prescriptions for years"? If you KNEW this, why didn't you call the police? These allegations are based on a one month investigation - ONE MONTH, nothing more. If he is guilty then the full weight of the law should be brought down upon him. But it will take a trail to prove the allegations - not the court of ill-informed public opinion. And if this doctor is acquitted, I am sure each of you who already has him lynched will be the first to take to these pages and apologize. Right? Proof - it's something America requires before we brand a person guilty. As simple as red, white and blue.
Tired of this place January 28, 2014 at 10:23 PM
This guy has been dealing drugs for years everyone new that and yes Eric people did call stafford police and told them but yet again spd turned a blind eye . who brought him down dea agents and Coronato that's who NOT spd! When you call mr Coronato that's when the job gets done. Cumberland farms rt 72 dealing drugs in parking lot and again nothing done! But mr Coronato will make sure something is done with that to.
Chrissy The Saint January 29, 2014 at 12:22 PM
Eric, I was the big drug bust guy in 2011 that you called trash. You didn't need a trial to judge then right? I also gave doctor's name then and the wonderful DEA did nothing.
Susan January 30, 2014 at 06:48 PM
It does take hard evidence and people willing to testify and get involved. Unfortunately people do not want to get involved, so there ya go. Everyone turns a blind eye and just worries about their own self. Especially if it happens on the job. If you stick your neck out and do the right thing, don't expect the other people to help you. You become a target and get fired while the dope heads keep their jobs. Seems to me corruption is the American way. there is so much corruption in NJ for sure. No one wants to do the right thing anymore because their are so many who are corrupt and you don't want to become a target. so sad but so true.
anonymous January 30, 2014 at 11:15 PM
I wish everyone would become an anonymous supporter. Once we teach you how to keep your identity anonymous you have no fear. Many have taken advantage but still many have made us proud. Stay anonymous
Eric Reuter January 31, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Had a feeling about this guy years ago. My family and I went to him a few times, but not for long. I remember him asking me one time WHICH drug I wanted for my condition (pain was involved). I thought that was bizarre. I figured that an MD would use his expertise to prescribe what I needed. Not ask me what I might like to have.
Larry Cataldo January 31, 2014 at 05:30 PM
WHAT A DISGRACE IF FOUND GUILTY,,,,, HE LET DOWN A LOT OF PEOPLE! NOW WHERE DO THE HOSPITAL PEOPLE GO FOR A SMOKE???
Eric Thomas February 16, 2014 at 12:07 PM
The only one who knows for sure if people called the prosecutor is - the prosecutor or the person(s) who allegedly called. And let us not be so fast to praise the Ocean County Prosecutor. This website carried a story listing the top ranked 45 townships as concerns heroin usage. Were I the prosecutor, I would not be taking any bows.
Eric Thomas February 16, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Dr. Holca is a man accused of crimes. Accused - far different from convicted. In our country, a person is afforded a presumption of innocence. Anybody who has served on a criminal case jury should recall the judge telling that to the jurors. The burden of proof is on the accuser; in this case the Ocean County Prosecutor. Holca does not have to prove he is innocent. And that is the sole point of my comments. It is sad to see so many people condemn a person before due process has taken its course. If Holca is convicted, I, too, will hope he is punished to the full extent of the law. In the meantime, let us hold true to what makes our country #1 in the world. Let's not lynch a person who just might be innocent. Perhaps our neighbor Mr. Cataldo said it best - his remarks appear above and I commend him for them

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