Brigham’s Transfer Ownership for 7 Abortion Clinics Was A Sham, Says New Jersey Attorney General’s Office

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UPDATE July 6, 2015: Operation Rescue just obtained the Administrative Complaint against Kaji from the New Jersey Board of Physicians seeking to ban him from operating as medical director or owner at Brigham’s chain of New Jersey abortion clinics and seeking license revocation. Read the Administrative Complaint against Kaji.
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By Cheryl Sullenger

Trenton, NJ – A complaint filed by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office alleges that the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham continues to illegally operate seven abortion facilities in New Jersey, having never actually transferred ownership to his long-time associate, abortionist Vikram H. Kaji.

A complaint was filed by the Attorney General’s office on June 16, 2015. It charged Kaji with fraud for claiming he had taken over ownership of Brigham’s New Jersey abortion businesses after Brigham’s medical license was revoked last year for operating an illegal bi-state late-term abortion scheme that resulted in a horrifically botched abortion on an 18-year old girl.

brigham-kajiWithout a medical license, Brigham is prohibited from maintaining ownership in any medical facility in New Jersey. However, when an investigator from the Division of Consumer Affairs showed up at the abortion clinic in Hamilton unannounced, on April 22, Kaji denied he owned the abortion clinic chain. Kaji was later questioned.

A report on NJ.com explains what happened:

During a closed-door hearing of a committee of the board on May 5, Kaji “repeatedly testified under oath that he was not the owner,” according to the complaint filed June 16 by Deputy Attorney General Bindi Merchant.

“He expressly testified that ‘there is no other person around, (Brigham’s) the only one who runs the show,” according to the complaint obtained by NJ Advance Media.

Kaji’s “ownership of American Healthcare Services is a sham transfer and thus constitutes the use or employment of dishonesty, deception, misrepresentation, false promise or false pretense,” according to the complaint, which asked the board to suspend or revoke his medical license.

Operation Rescue had submitted a letter of complaint to Deputy Attorney General Warhaftig on April 17 detailing and documenting concerns that Brigham never actually transferred ownership to Kaji. The letter pointed out that Brigham had a pattern of concealing ownership in his clinics.

“Because Brigham continues to illegally operate his chain of abortion clinics in New Jersey, they should all be immediately shut down and Brigham should be criminally charged,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Brigham has made a career of deceiving the public and authorities in several states about his shoddy abortion businesses. It’s time for New Jersey authorities to see through this flim-flam man and end his notorious criminal enterprise with a long period of incarceration.”

The NJ.com report further noted that Consumer Affairs spokesman Neal Buccino would not confirm or deny whether a new case against Brigham had been opened.

Operation Rescue also complained publicly that any transfer to Kaji should be nullified since he was an admitted sex abuser and had a long history of Board discipline.

Kaji was convicted by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners in 1993 for having improper sexual contact with three patients. Kaji reportedly had sex with one young girl at his office during business hours and later plied her with drugs. He knew his victim was vulnerable to his advances because she had been a depressed victim of child sex abuse with a history of psychiatric hospitalization. Kaji admitted that he had made an error in moral judgment.

Kaji was also accused of giving improper breast and rectal exams to two other women.

The NJBME placed Kaji on a 1-year suspension and fined him $5,000 and ordered him to undergo psychological counseling.

Kaji also recently suffered a stroke that impaired his memory and vision, raising questions about his ability to continue practicing.

“We appreciate the work of the Attorney General’s office in seeing this case through. Brigham and Kaji are among the worst abortionists in America and their pattern of deception shows they cannot be trusted to follow the law, much less with the lives of women,” said Newman.

Brigham’s abortion empire consists of at least 17 abortion facilities located in New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware — and perhaps secretly elsewhere — but only Brigham’s New Jersey abortion businesses are affected. Those New Jersey abortion facilities that operate under Brigham’s American Women’s Services banner are located in Elizabeth, Mt. Laurel, Phillipsburg, Toms River, Hamilton, Woodbridge and Voorhees.

  • Read Operation Rescue’s Complaint Regarding Ownership Transfer (includes links to Exhibits)
  • Read OR’s Report: Brigham Transfers New Jersey Abortion Clinics to Confirmed Sex Abuser
  • Read OR’s Special Report about Brigham’s illegal bi-state late-term abortion scheme.
  • Complaint Seeks to Disallow Sex Offender from Control of Brigham’s New Jersey Abortion Business

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    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Troy Newman or Cheryl Sullenger at 316-683-6790.

    Trenton, NJ – Operation Rescue has submitted a letter of complaint to Deputy Attorney General Jeri Warhaftig urging her office to disallow the alleged transfer of Steven Chase Brigham’s New Jersey abortion businesses to Vikram Kaji, an abortionist who worked for Brigham for years and has a history as a sex offender.

    Brigham was ordered to divest himself from the eight abortion businesses he operated in New Jersey under the American Women Services banner after his medical license was revoked last year. New Jersey allows only licensed providers to operate medical facilities.

    “The transfer of Brigham’s abortion clinics to Kaji is completely offensive and unacceptable. It is shocking that Kaji is even allowed to practice medicine, given his background of sex abuse, drug violations, and negligence,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue, who wrote the complaint. “We are asking for the State to disallow the transfer of Brigham’s abortion businesses to Kaji, and order them to close immediately.”

    Kaji was convicted by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners in 1993 for having improper sexual contact with three patients. Kaji reportedly had sex with one young girl at his office during business hours and later plied her with drugs. He knew his victim was vulnerable to his advances because she had been a depressed victim of child sex abuse with a history of psychiatric hospitalization. Kaji admitted that he had made an error in moral judgment.

    Kaji was also accused of giving improper breast and rectal exams to two other women.

    The NJBME placed Kaji on a 1-year suspension and fined him $5,000 and ordered him to undergo psychological counseling.

    The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency revoked Kaji’s license to prescribe controlled substances in 1994. Also that year, Pennsylvania suspended Kaji for 36 months. The New York Medical Board revoked Kaji’s medical license for “sexual misconduct and drug abuse” in 1995, and banned him from practicing in that state.

    In May 2013, the NJBME issued an order against Kaji, which revealed that inspections of Brigham’s abortion facilities uncovered numerous safety violations. The Board found that Kaji had “failed to adequately fulfill his responsibilities as Medical Director.”

    Kaji recently suffered a stroke that impaired his memory and vision, raising questions about his ability to continue practicing.

    “Now, women face the dreadful prospect of Kaji operating Brigham’s very busy abortion clinics without Brigham’s oversight, as shoddy as that oversight may have been. This poses an unacceptable risk to women who are now vulnerable to sexual exploitation at these abortion facilities,” said Sullenger.

    Read Operation Rescue’s Letter of Complaint (includes links to exhibits)
    In depth background report

    Brigham Transfers New Jersey Abortion Clinics to Confirmed Sex Abuser

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Voorhees, NJ – It is the dirty little secret of the abortion cartel. From coast to coast, Operation Rescue has documented case after case of abortionists taking sexual advantage of their patients.

    One such abortionist with a confirmed history of sex abuse is New Jersey abortionist Vikram Kaji, a long-time employee of the notorious illegal abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, who operates a chain of at least 17 abortion clinics under the American Women’s Services banner.

    Since New Jersey only allows licensed physicians to operate medical facilities, when Brigham’s New Jersey medical license was revoked in the fall of 2014 he was ordered to divest himself from his New Jersey abortion clinic holdings.

    Shockingly, Kaji has now reportedly taken control of Brigham’s eight New Jersey abortion clinics as the result of Brigham’s revocation and divestment order.

    Kaji was convicted by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners in 1993 for having improper sexual contact with three patients. After a lengthy relationship that involved improper sexual conduct, Kaji reportedly had sex without a condom with one young girl in the birthing center of his office during business hours. He knew his victim was vulnerable to his advances because she had been a depressed victim of child sex abuse with a history of psychiatric hospitalization. He later misperscribed drugs for her including Seconal and steroids. Kaji at first fought the charges, saying the sex was consensual, but later admitted that he had made an error in moral judgment.

    Kaji was also accused of giving improper breast and rectal exams to two other women. New Jersey placed Kaji on a 1-year suspension and fined him $5,000 and ordered him to undergo psychological counseling.

    The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency ordered Kaji’s license to prescribe controlled substances revoked in 1994. Also that year, Pennsylvania suspended Kaji for 36 months after learning of the New Jersey action.

    The New York Medical Board was less forgiving. It revoked Kaji’s medical license for “sexual misconduct and drug abuse” in 1995, and banned him from practicing in that state.

    Forced Abortion

    Kaji also participated in at least one documented case of forced abortion.

    In 2005, Marcia Carroll, the mother of one of Kaji’s underage patients, testified before the United States House of Representatives (see p. 17) regarding her daughter’s February, 2005, experience at Kaji’s New Jersey clinic. Carroll state that her daughter was “coerced, harassed and threatened” into having an abortion across state lines, in direct violation of parental consent laws, and the clinic staff never breathed a word about Kaji’s long history of sexual abuse.”

    In fact, it would be hard for New Jersey patients to be aware of Kaji’s history of sexual abuse since the Board’s physician license look-up page excludes any derogatory information older than ten years. A recent search of Kaji’s New Jersey license reveals two disciplinary incidents, but the disciplinary documents are difficult to access.

    “Allowing Kaji to take over Brigham’s already shoddy New Jersey abortion businesses is like putting a fox in the hen house. It is unconscionable and guaranteed to lead to continued abuse,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “There is no doubt in my mind that Kaji use the opportunity to victimize more women.”

    Physical Impairment?

    But that is not the end of concerns over Kaji.

    In May 2013, the New Jersey Board of State Medical Examiners filed an Interim Consent Order against Kaji. The order reveals that inspections of several of Brigham’s abortion facilities revealed deficiencies and Board violations. The Board found that Kaji had “failed to adequately fulfill his responsibilities as Medical Director.”

    Furthermore, it was noted that Kaji had recently suffered a stroke that impaired his memory and the vision in his right eye, raising questions about his ability to continue practicing.

    Now, women face the dreadful prospect of Kaji owning and operating Brigham’s very busy abortion clinics without oversight of Brigham, as shoddy as that oversight may have been.

    No Record of Transfer

    But did the alleged business transfer really take place?

    A search of the New Jersey Division of Revenue Business Entity Search yielded multiple companies in which Brigham is listed as the principal party, many of which are recognizable as some of his abortion clinic aliases.

    However, a Business Entity Search under Vikram Kaji’s name yielded only one entry: The Kaji Family Charitable Trust, established in 1977.

    If Kaji truly now owns Brigham’s eight New Jersey abortion businesses, why is there no business record?

    “We were hoping that since Brigham’s abortion business is so notoriously shoddy, he would not be able to find a buyer and his eight New Jersey abortion clinics would be forced to close. However, we also suspected he would do anything to keep the money generated by these clinics flowing into his bank account. Based on his documented history of deceptive conduct, Brigham probably one of the most brazenly dishonest abortionists in America,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Now it appears that Brigham may be using Kaji as a pawn in another nefarious scheme to maintain secret control his abortion clinics.”

    Brigham Appeals License Revocation

    NJ.com is reporting that Brigham is appealing his revocation, with his attorney having the gall to claim Brigham is “a devoted physician who felt compelled to fill the void for late-term abortion services.”

    Since Brigham was first licensed in 1988, he has faced one legal issue after another related to is shady business dealings, shoddy abortion practices, and illegal conduct. He has undergone multiple license revocations and discipline in numerous states. Maryland and Pennsylvania shut down all of his abortion clinics in those states noting that they posed an immediate and serious threat to the health and safety of patients at those facilities.

    Nevertheless, he has continued to operate a chain of 17 abortion facilities in several states, including New Jersey, Virginia, and Florida, under a number of business entities that have served to confuse anyone attempting to get to the bottom of his complicated business holdings.

    Despite Brigham’s alleged divestment of his New Jersey abortion businesses, he will retain control of the remaining nine clinics he operates in other states.

    Based on Brigham’s previous behavior patterns, it is possible that Brigham may be using his long-time associate, Kaji, as a pawn to give the appearance of complying with New Jersey’s order in a similar way that he used an elderly doctor, George Shepard, Jr., to give his illicit Elkton, Maryland, abortion clinic an appearance of legitimacy in 2010.

    Brigham’s Elkton Deception

    In the deceptive scheme that ultimately cost Brigham his New Jersey medical license, Brigham would start late-term abortions – some as late as 30 weeks — at his office in Voorhees, New Jersey. However, it was only legal for him to do abortions in New Jersey up to 14 weeks. Later, he would transport the women to a clandestine facility in Elkton, Maryland, where the abortions would be completed.

    Brigham had no medical license in Maryland, so he employed octogenarian George Shepard, Jr. as the facility’s “medical director” to give his clinic the appearance of legitimacy, even attributing abortion procedures to Shepard. But Shepard was elderly and had a disabled arm. He was incapable of conducting abortions. A transcript of an interview with Shepard conducted by the Maryland Board of Physicians indicated that Shepard was unaware that Brigham had used him as a pawn to conceal the illegitimacy of Brigham’s Maryland abortion practice. Shepard thought he was employed to check the refrigerator temperatures and “make sure everything was done right.”

    It was only after Brigham and his associate, Nicola Riley, seriously botched an abortion on a young woman at the Elkton facility that the illegal scheme was discovered. It was this incident that led to his New Jersey license revocation last year.

    Now it is possible that Vikram Kaji may be Brigham’s next pawn in a scheme to maintain secret control of his New Jersey abortion clinics, should the appeal of his revocation ever succeed.

    More Deceptive Behavior

    Another example of Brigham using deception to conceal his involvement in an abortion business was that of the horribly misnamed “Integrity Family Health,” an abortion facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Similar to his order to divest in New Jersey, Brigham had been ordered by the State of Pennsylvania in July 2010, not to have any ownership or affiliation with any abortion business in that state after authorities determined that his abortion operations were too dangerous to continue.

    Nevertheless, Brigham opened Integrity Family Health, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after the Board’s order and hired abortionist Eric Kfir Yahav to operate it. However, Operation Rescue was easily able to link Yahav to Brigham’s abortion clinic chain.

    In addition, while Integrity Family Health was omitted from his American Women’s Services website, Brigham’s central appointment receptionist gladly scheduled abortion appointments at Integrity.

    After pro-life groups complained about Brigham’s involvement with Integrity Family Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Health ordered that abortion facility to close in November 2013, citing Brigham’s illegal, surreptitious connection.

    Ample Reason for Concern

    Brigham’s pattern of deceptive behavior lends plausibility to the concerns that Brigham may indeed continue to control American Women’s Services abortion clinics in New Jersey.

    Given Kaji’s recent stroke and accompanying health issues, there is doubt that he is physically and mentally capable of running a chain of high-volume abortion clinics. Also, considering Kaji’s history of sexually abusing his patients, it is grossly inappropriate for him to be involved in ownership of abortion clinics, where temptations for exploitation of vulnerable women abound.

    “Kaji is about as bad as Brigham when it comes to posing a risk to the public,” said Newman. “It is completely unacceptable that he is operating Brigham’s eight abortion facilities. It’s like the women of New Jersey were just tossed out of the frying pan and into the fire. The Board of Medical Examiners should reject this transfer and shut down Brigham’s abortion businesses for good.”