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Doctor admits taking $400K in bribes from medical lab

Local News | May 19, 2017

Doctor admits taking $400K in bribes from medical lab

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New York doctor has pleaded guilty in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme.

Ricky Sayegh’s guilty plea in federal court in New Jersey Thursday made him the 45th person convicted in the scheme involving the now-defunct Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services. Prosecutors say Sayegh, of Scarsdale, admitted that he took about $400,000 in bribes to refer patients blood specimens there. The scheme involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurers. The company pleaded guilty last June and forfeited its remaining assets.