Doctor sentenced for role in test-referral scheme with Morris County lab

NEWARK, NJ – An internal medicine doctor practicing in Staten Island, New York, was sentenced in Newark federal court Wednesday to thirty-three months in prison for taking bribes in connection with a long-running and elaborate test referral scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC, of Parsippany, NJ, its president and numerous associates, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said.

Ahmed El Soury, 45, of Monmouth Junction, NJ, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to Count One of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Federal Travel Act, and the honest services wire fraud statute.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, El Soury allegedly admitted accepting cash bribes in return for referring patient blood specimens to the laboratory.

From March 2011 through April 2013, El Soury received bribes totaling more than $66,000 from Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services employees and associates. El Soury’s referrals generated approximately $650,000 in lab business for the laboratory.

The investigation has thus far resulted in 51 convictions – 37 of them doctors – in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organizers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies. It is believed to be the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a bribery case.

The investigation has to date recovered more than $13 million through forfeiture. On June 28, 2016, Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, which is no longer operational, pleaded guilty and was required to forfeit all of its assets.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler sentenced El Soury to three years of supervised release and fined him $7,500.

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