79-year-old doc­tor con­victed for role in $200M fraud scheme

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Aurora Aguilar

A 79-year-old New Jer­sey doc­tor faces prison time after be­ing con­victed of ac­cept­ing kick­backs as part of a $200 mil­lion scheme run by a blood-test­ing lab.

Dr. Bernard Greenspan was found guilty of con­spir­acy, wire fraud and vi­o­lat­ing fed­eral anti-kick­back laws. More than two dozens doc­tors have pleaded guilty in wide-rang­ing fraud per­pe­trated by Bio­di­ag­nos­tic Lab­o­ra­tory Ser­vices. Greenspan is the only de­fen­dant to have gone to trial. He was charged with ac­cept­ing about $200,000 in bribes from the com­pany in ex­change for send­ing his pa­tients’ lab sam­ples to Bio­di­ag­nos­tic, which al­legedly made $3 mil­lion from its ar­range­ment with Greenspan.

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties in New Jer­sey had called the case the largest fraud of its kind ever un­cov­ered. They es­ti­mated the Medi­care pro­gram was de­frauded of tens of mil­lions of dol­lars.

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