YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Ramsey doctor admitted in federal court today that he accepted bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services of Parsippany, its president and various associates.
Glenn Leslie, 59, became the 21st person to plead guilty in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organizers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies.
The include 11 employees or associates of BLS and 10 doctors who collectively agreed to forfeit $6.75 million in bribes under the terms of their plea deals.
Leslie admitted today in Newark that he took roughly $5,000 a month in payoffs in return for referring patient blood specimens to BLS.
Leslie’s referrals alone allowed BLS to collect approximately $380,000 from government and private payees, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said.
He is potentially looking at five years in federal prison and up to $250,000 fines when he is sentenced April 1.
As part of his guilty plea, Leslie also agreed to forfeit the bribes he received from BLS.
Fishman credited special agents of the FBI; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; IRS–Criminal Investigation; and inspectors from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with the ongoing investigation leading to the guilty pleas.
The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel Andrew Leven, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Minish and Jacob T. Elberg, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in Newark, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Ward of the office’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit.
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