Connecticut Doctors Richard Goldberg, 65, and Dr. Gary Leeds, 61, Sentenced in Newark for Accepting Bribes for Referrals to Parsippany's Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services
NEWARK, NJ - Today, Dr. Richard Goldberg, 65, and Dr. Gary Leeds, 61, both of Connecticut with practices in New York, were sentenced to 20-months today in Newark federal court, US Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
The two doctors had previously pleaded guilty before US District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to one count of accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals. Chesler imposed both sentences today in Newark.
The long-running and elaborate scheme was operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services (BLS), of Parsippany. As of now, 38 people (26 of them doctors, including Leeds and Goldberg) have pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme. Organizers have admitted that millions of dollars in bribes, which resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and private insurance companies, were involved in the far-reaching fraud plot. The investigation has so far recovered more than $11 million to date through forfeiture.
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Professional Medical Practice
Besides sharing a Family Medical Group of Manhattan, both men are affiliated with the Beth Israel Medical Center
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