Increasing number of Medical Doctors in America convicted of bribery
London, Oct. 27, 2017 (AltAfrika)-There are growing concerns among the leadership of medical professionals in the US about the increasing number of their members caught in bribery scandal. Recently, 31 doctors were convicted in one of the biggest bribery syndicate which the authority has admitted involved more than $100 million in payments.
The crime allegedly involved BLS 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 was triggered by a the case of a medical doctor in Staten Island, New York, who was convicted for accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals.
Thomas V. Savino, 58, of Staten Island, has been found guilty on all 10 counts of an indictment, one count of conspiring to commit violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Federal Travel Act and wire fraud; three substantive violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute; three substantive violations of the Federal Travel Act and three substantive violations of wire fraud.
A release by FBI revealed, Savino was convicted following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court. The jury deliberated for two and a half hours before returning its verdict.
According to documents filed in the case and the evidence at trial: From July 2012 through April 2013, Savino received cash bribes totalling $25,000 from BLS employees and associates in return for referring his patients’ blood specimens to BLS. Savino’s referrals generated approximately $375,000 in lab business for BLS.
Till date investigation has led to the recovery of more than $13 million through forfeiture. On June 28, 2016, BLS, which is no longer operational, pleaded guilty and was required to forfeit all of its assets.
The Anti-Kickback and Federal Travel Act counts are each punishable by a maximum penalty of five years in prison while wire fraud counts are each punishable by a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Each count also carries a maximum $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offence.