“Patients should come before profits.” (Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent in Charge, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
A jaw-dropping 27 New Jersey and New York physicians have now been found guilty in what is being called a “bribe-for-blood” scam that raked in more than $100,000,000 of taxpayers money, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman described the conspiracy to commit medical fraud as a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, a Parsippany New Jersey lab which has since been shut down by federal agents. A full 13 non-physicians, most of whom were employed BLS, have also been found guilty.
As of yesterday 39 lab coat criminals – 26 of them doctors – have confessed their roles in the conspiracy, which its organizers admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100,000,000 in payments to BLS from Medicare and other insurance carriers.
Fishman added that many of the doctors engaged in elaborate versions of the kickback scheme, such as getting under-the-table tickets to concerts by Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, worth thousands of dollars.
Here is the litany of New Jersey physicians alone, who secretly tucked cash into their floppy lab coat pockets:
- Doctor Bernard Greenspan, of Saddle Brook
- Doctor Frank Santangelo, of Wayne and Montville
- Doctor Gary Safier, of Randolph
- Doctor Angelo Calabrese, of North Arlington
- Doctor Dennis Aponte, of Cedar Grove
- Doctor Dana Fortunato, of Montclair
- Doctor Claudio Dicovsky, of Paterson
- Doctor Paul Ostergaard, of Pompton Plains
- Doctor Wayne Lajewski, of Madison
- Doctor Glenn Leslie, of Ramsey
- Doctor John Vitali, of Howell and Wall
- Doctor Douglas Beinstock, of Hawthorne
- Doctor Anthony DeLuca, of Point Pleasant
- Doctor Franz Goyzueta, of Secaucus
- Doctor Eugene DeSimone, of Secaucus
- Doctor Anthony Delpiano, of Jersey City
- Doctor Ralph Messo, of Colts Neck
This case is believed to be the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a single American bribery case.