79-year-old physician convicted in bribes-for-test-referrals scheme

A 79-year-old family physician in New Jersey was convicted Monday of accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running scheme operated by Parsippany, N.J.-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, according to the Department of Justice.

According to evidence presented at trial, Bernard Greenspan, DO, received about $200,000 in bribes from Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services between March 2006 and April 2013. Dr. Greenspan's referrals generated approximately $3 million in lab business for BLS, according to the DOJ. 

Dr. Greenspan was convicted on all 10 counts of an indictment charging him with violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Federal Travel Act.

Forty-three people, including 29 physicians, have been convicted in connection with the bribery scheme. The DOJ said this is believed to be the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a bribery case. 

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