In Newark New Jersey a physician was found guilty this week for her role in a health care referral scam.
Doctor Marjam Jafari, age 43, was convicted on three conspiracy charges as well as two counts of taking kickback cash payments from an imaging center.
The scam involved a facility known as the Orange Community MRI, which investigators learned had been paying doctors large, unrecorded amounts of cash in envelopes by courier, in return for patient referrals, for at least two years.
During a federal jury trial that lasted three weeks, Doctor Jafari, an internal medicine specialist, was told she could receive a sentence of 25 years in prison.
Jafari, a resident of Hoboken, is only the most recent doctor to be convicted in connection with the kickback scheme, which involved at least 15 other practitioners in the area. The federal case was well-publicized in the weeks before Christmas, 2011, when more than five dozen agents raided several medical facilities, including Orange Community MRI.
June 12, 2014:
A northern New Jersey doctor convicted of receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals has been sentenced to 21 months in prison.
Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Maryam Jafari was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Newark.
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