Montclair Woman Arrested in Veterinarian Scam

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Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Totowa Police Chief Carmen Veneziano announced the arrest of Alia Muslih, age 39, of Montclair, New Jersey for running an unlicensed Veterinary clinic at 140 Furler Street in Totowa, New Jersey.

The arrest was made without incident on August 20, 2021. On the same date a search warrant was executed at the 140 Furler Street by members of the Financial Crimes Unit of the Passaic County Prosecutors Office and the Totowa Police Department with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Division of Consumer Affairs, and the Paterson and Clifton Animal Control.

The clinic, named Totowa Animal Hospital, was run out of Seven Star Pet Resort. Alia Muslih, who ran both Totowa Animal Hospital and Seven Star Pet Resort created and reinforced a false impression that she was a licensed veterinarian. The New Jersey Board of Veterinary Medicine indicates that Muslih is not a licensed veterinarian, and that Totowa Animal Hospital is not a licensed veterinary clinic.

Muslih was charged with Theft by Deception (NJAS 2C:20-4) (second degree); Corporate Misconduct (NJSA 2C:21-9) (second degree); Animal Cruelty (NJSA 4:22-17) (third degree) and Unlicensed Possession of Prescription Drugs (NJSA 35-10.5) (second degree).

A second degree offence is punishable by five to ten years in New Jersey State Prison. A third degree offense is punishable by three to five years in New Jersey State Prison.

Following her first appearance on August 21, 2021, Muslih was released on pre-trial monitoring pending the disposition of the charges against her, on the condition that she is restrained from returning to 140 Furler Street, Totowa, New Jersey.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Passaic County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jay W. McCann is prosecuting the case against the defendant, and if you have any questions, he may be reached at (973) 837-7616 or
jmccann@passaiccountynj.org.

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