Federal prosecutors say three New Jersey doctors have admitted accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from a medical lab to send their patients' blood samples to the company.

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Dennis Aponte of Cedar Grove, Claudio Dicovsky of Fort Lee and Franklin Dana Fortunato of Montville each pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating the federal travel act.

Fortunato also pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return and failing to pay more than $160,000 in taxes he owed as a result of unreported income.

Prosecutors say the doctors received the bribes from Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC as part of a long-running scheme operated by the lab, its president, and numerous associates.

Some lab officials have pleaded guilty in the case, while charges against the company are pending.

 

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