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July 8, 2015

New Jersey doctor Frank Santangelo was sentenced to 63 months in prison and to forfeit more than $1.8 million for accepting $1.8 million in bribes to refer millions of dollars in business to Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC.  Including Santangelo, 38 people, 26 of them doctors, have pleaded 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.  DOJ

April 9, 2015

Virginia-based cardiovascular testing disease laboratory Health Diagnostics Laboratory Inc. agreed to pay $47 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to physicians in exchange for patient referrals and billing federal health care programs for medically unnecessary testing.  A second cardio testing lab, California-based Singulex Inc., agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle similar charges.  The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Dr. Michael Mayes, Scarlett Lutz, Kayla Webster and Chris Reidel under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  The whistleblower award they will receive has yet to be determined.  Whistleblower Insider

February 25, 2014

Diagnostic Imaging Group agreed to pay $15.5M to resolve allegations that its diagnostic testing facility falsely billed federal and state health care programs for tests that were not performed or not medically necessary and by paying kickbacks to physicians. The allegations were first raised in three qui tam lawsuits filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

September 25, 2013

Kan-Di-Ki LLC, d/b/a Diagnostic Laboratories and Radiology agreed to pay $17.5M to settle allegations that the California-based company violated the federal and California False Claims Acts by paying kickbacks for referral of mobile lab and radiology services subsequently billed to Medicare and Medi-Cal (the state of California’s Medicaid program). The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

May 11, 2015

Acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced guilty plea of Rehan Zuberi and his wife Humara Paracha to charges they bribed dozens of doctors in exchange for referrals, worth several million dollars, to the medical imaging centers they owned and operated under the umbrella group Diagnostic Imaging Affiliates which managed numerous diagnostic imaging facilities throughout northern and central New Jersey. NJ
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