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Doctor Convicted in Test Kickback Scheme

A northern New Jersey doctor has been convicted of receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals.

A northern New Jersey doctor has been convicted of receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Maryam Jafari now faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Her sentencing date has not yet been determined.

She was convicted Wednesday on a conspiracy count and two counts of violating the federal health care anti-kickback statute. Jurors deliberated for two hours before returning their verdict, which culminated a three-week trial.

Jafari’s internal medicine practice was based in Newark. Prosecutors say she solicited and received cash kickbacks from a diagnostic facility in Orange from 2010 through December 2011.

She got the money in exchange for MRIs and CAT scans she referred to the diagnostic testing facility.

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

 

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