Former New Jersey doctor charged with illegal drug distribution

David Madden
December 05, 2019 - 4:00 am
Morris Starkman

Burlington County Prosecutor's Office


MOUNT HOLLY, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — Burlington County authorities have charged a 60-year-old former physician with doling out opioid painkillers almost at will and committing insurance fraud. 

For three years, it’s alleged that Morris Starkman handed out some 1.4 million doses of everything from Oxycodone to Fentanyl from his Bordentown office. Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina says it was enough to provide three doses to every man, woman and child in the county.

"He just basically threw his medical judgment out the window and prescribed as the patients came back and most of their appointments for follow up were simply to get their prescriptions renewed,” Coffina told KYW Newsradio.

One of Starkman’s patients suffered a fatal overdose four years ago, but there was insufficient evidence to connect the drugs to his death.  

The doctor surrendered his medical license in April of last year. Investigators seized office records after raiding his Cinnaminson home last month. 

Starkman faces 14 criminal counts of fraud and drug distribution.

"He’s facing as much as 10 years for the second-degree charges," Coffina added. "It could be consecutive, which could add up to 140 years of jail. He won’t be facing, realistically, that amount of time."

Starkman is free while a grand jury looks into a possible indictment against him. Information on defense counsel was not immediately available.