- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
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.
- Goldberg and Leeds admitted to accepting thousands of dollars per month in cash between September 2010 and April 2013 in return for referring patient blood specimens to BLS.
- The pair acknowledged they each accepted more than $100,000 in cash from BLS in exchange for referring at least a combined $1.8 million in lab business from their joint practice, Family Medical Group of Manhattan.
Professional Medical Practice
Besides sharing a Family Medical Group of Manhattan, both men are affiliated with the Beth Israel Medical Center
- Leeds earned his MD at Brown University and completed his residency at Georgetown University
- Goldberg earned his MD at the University of Michigan and completed his residency at Duke University. He is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians as well as the New York Academy of Family Physicians. His writing has been published in Medical Tribune, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine and the Journal of Parasitology.
- 20-months in jail
- Goldberg will also serve three years of supervised release
- Goldberg will also pay a $5,000 fine
- Leeds will also serve one year of supervised release
- Leeds will also pay a $15,000 fine
- Goldberg and Leeds must each forfeit $108,000
- Special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert;
- IRS–Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen
- US Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates
The US Government is represented by:
- Senior Litigation Counsel Andrew Leven
- Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph N. Minish
- Jacob T. Elberg, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in Newark
- Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Ward, Chief of the office’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit
Aidan P. O’Connor Esq., Hackensack, New Jersey
E. Scott Morvillo Esq., New York