The doctor also accepted cash bribes to Katy Perry concerts, based on federal prosecutors.
Bret Ostrager, 55, of Woodbury, New York, accepted monthly bribes of $3,300 from employees and associates of Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services in Parsippany, prosecutors said. They allege vehicles received countless dollars’ price of meals and tickets to sports entertainment, concerts along with the Broadway musical Newsies.
In return, prosecutors claim Ostrager referred his patients’ blood samples to BLS, generating about $900,000 operational for the lab.
He was indicted in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday on charges of violating anti-kickback laws along with other offenses. He practices in Nassau County.
Thirty-eight people, including 26 doctors, have pleaded guilty connected with the bribery scheme, prosecutors said. Its organizers have admitted that sums of money of bribes ended in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and personal insurers.
The investigation has recovered over $11.5 million through forfeiture.
Ostrager faces around five years in prison if convicted. He is scheduled for being arraigned on Wednesday.
Ostrager’s attorney couldn’t be reached for comment.