NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Four people have been arrested as part of a federal investigation into a New Jersey based medical lab accused of running up the bill on blood tests by allegedly bribing doctors to order unnecessary screenings.
Federal agents arrested Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services president and part-owner David Nicoll, a New Jersey physician and two other BLS employees on bribery charges Tuesday morning, prosecutors announced.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said doctors were having their loyalties bought with kickbacks from BLS.
“The complaint clearly reflects that there were a lot of doctors, not just three or four or five, a lot of doctors who were involved with BLS and were participating in this scheme,” Fishman told reporters including WCBS 880’s Jim Smith on Tuesday afternoon. “Not only did they break their patients’ trust, but they broke many federal laws.”