U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced last week that 37 people – 24 of them physicians – have been convicted in a massive bribery scheme in New Jersey.
Two of the MDs found guilty were Doctor Wayne Lajewski, age 52, of Woodside Road, and Doctor Glenn Leslie, age 60 of Ramsey. Lajewski and Leslie each admitted taking bribery money on a monthly basis from a medical laboratory called Biodiagnostic Lab Services, also known as BLS, in Parsippany.
Lajewski admitted that he took $2,000 in monthly cash bribes for referring patient blood samples, for which BLS received more than $800,000.
Leslie admitted accepting $5,000 per month, for which BLS received $380,000.
BLS company president David Nicoll of Mountain Lakes had already admitted guilt in his role in the scheme in 2013, which included other BLS executives and employees. During the trial, federal prosecutors were able to prove that during the course of seven years that began in 2006, BLS routinely paid doctors for their referrals of patient blood samples. The scam resulted in more than $100,000,000 in illegal payments to the lab from private insurance companies and Medicare.
Doctor Wayne Lajewski was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison. Leslie was sent away for two years.
The case was heard by before Judge Stanley in U.S. District Court in Newark.
Here’s another view of this U.S. healthcare embarrassment:
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