TRENTON, N.J., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- An abortion provider with a suspended medical license did not have liability insurance when he operated his clinics, New Jersey prosecutors said.
Evidence that Stephen Bingham, 57, lied under oath when he claimed his firm, American Women's Services, had medical malpractice insurance is the latest twist in his 20-year, multistate history of problems with regulators, landlords, the Internal Revenue Service, creditors and law enforcement agencies, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.
As Brigham attempts to regain his medical license, suspended three years ago for endangering and deceiving patients, prosecutors have submitted evidence his firm stopped carrying insurance around 2006 although last month Brigham produced a fraudulent insurance policy from a Bermuda company that had not issued policies since 2006, when its operator was jailed for insurance fraud and money laundering.
Sanctions against Brigham have forced him to shut down his business in Maryland and Pennsylvania. He is currently battling accusations his New Jersey clinics, which are not licensed to perform abortions beyond 14 weeks, initiated late-term abortions, the newspaper said.
Additionally, his Elkton, Md., clinic, in a state where Brigham has no license to practice, was an unregistered storefront operation unknown to the state. Last month, a patient critically injured when her surgery went awry testified she dropped her malpractice suit against Brigham after learning he had no malpractice insurance.
The testimony led New Jersey Deputy Attorney General Jeri Warhaftig to submit amended charges against Brigham.