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NJ Doctor Admits Role in Kickback Scheme

Federal authorities say another New Jersey doctor has admitted taking part in an illegal kickback scheme involving more than a dozen health care providers.

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The U.S. Attorney’s office says Daisy Deguzman of Livingston pleaded guilty Monday to violating a federal health care program anti-kickback statute. She could face up to five years in prison when she’s sentenced Sept. 13.

Prosecutors say the 69-year-old Deguzman, who practiced in Newark, admitted taking nearly $4,000 in cash in exchange for making patient referrals.

She was among 15 doctors and health care providers charged in December with taking illegal kickbacks of more than $50,000 to refer patients to the Orange Community MRI radiology and diagnostic facility in Orange.

Deguzman is the third defendant to plead guilty.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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