(This Doctor) “periodically solicited, and received from the BLS employees and associates, monthly bribe payments in the form of sham rental and consultant payments; received the bribes between March 2006 and April 2013 from BLS employees and associates.” (U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick)
A River Edge family practitioner now sits in federal prison for taking $200,000 in cash bribes. He exchanged lab test referrals for money for years.
Doctor Bernard Greenspan, age 79, was sentenced to a 40-month term in June, and the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners revoked his license.
A federal jury found the scheming physician guilty last March of 10 felonies, following an 11-day trial in Newark. There is no parole in federal prison. Greenspan will be required to serve all of his sentence.
The elderly criminal was part of what U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick called “a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services in Parsippany, its president and many associates.”
Investigators learned also, among other improprieties, that BLS hired – at Greenspan’s specific request – a patient of Greenspan’s with whom he was sexually involved.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey has successfully prosecuted 30 doctors, including Greenspan, in connection with the BLS bribery scheme, that raked in more than $100,000,000 in illegal payments from Medicare, as well as many private insurance companies. It is believed to be the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a single bribery case. Law enforcement has recovered $13,000,000 of the stolen insurance money.
Last summer executives of BLS – which has since been closed down – confessed to their scam and forfeited all business assets, in order to qualify for reduced prison sentences.
In addition to prison, U.S. District Judge William H. Walls fined Greenspan $125,000 and ordered him to give up more than $200,000.
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