October 8, 2016
In September 2016, a doctor in New Jersey, USA was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for accepting cash in exchange for patient referrals to two lab companies that performed blood and DNA testing.
The doctor accepted US$25,000 from two sales representatives operating a sales and marketing service that specialised in blood and DNA testing. The commissions that the sales representatives received from the labs equaled 10 per cent of the money that insurers paid the testing companies, including Medicare. The US Attorney on the case said neither lab had any knowledge of the kickback scheme.
The two sales representatives pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a physician. One of the sales representatives has also been sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison.