NJ Physician's license suspended for exploitation of Indian workers

Sahni’s license was temporarily suspended before being revoked for recruiting and exploiting two Indian women as household servants.

Rishika Bhardwaj

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New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the state Division of Consumer Affairs announced the temporary license suspension of a central Jersey physician, Dr. Harsha Sahni, following her guilty plea to federal charges of illegally recruiting two women from India as household servants.

According to the charges, Sahni, who maintains a rheumatology practice in Colonia, not only did illegally recruited them but also concealed and exploited the two domestic workers. 

Sahni kept the two Indian nationals as household help, threatening them with deportation if they sought help from law enforcement. One victim was also overworked and denied treatment for a brain condition.

The temporary suspension of Sahni’s medical license is pending the outcome of an administrative action seeking to permanently revoke her license due to her criminal convictions. Her actions were stated to lack moral character and posed a threat to public health, safety, and welfare.

Attorney General Platkin said, The criminal exploitation and utter disregard for the well-being of the victims in this case shocks the conscience and violates the most basic principles of medical practice. To protect the public and the integrity of the medical profession, we are securing the temporary suspension of Dr. Sahni’s medical license pending the outcome of these very serious allegations against her.”

The criminal sentencing is scheduled for October 5, 2023, where Sahni could face up to 30 months in federal prison. Additionally, she is obligated to pay restitution to the victims, cover up to $200,000 towards the treatment costs of the brain aneurysm, and repay the IRS. She will also pay the two victims a combined sum of $642,212 as per her plea agreement.