Federal authorities say a radiologist who owned and operated a diagnostic testing center in Orange has admitted to overseeing an illegal kickback scheme involving more than a dozen health care providers.

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The U.S. Attorney's office says Ashokkumar Babaria of Moorestown pleaded guilty Thursday to violating a federal health care program anti-kickback statute.

The 62-year-old Moorestown resident was the medical director and owner of Orange Community MRI radiology and diagnostic facility.

He was among 15 health care providers charged in December with distributing or taking illegal kickbacks of more than $50,000 to refer patients to the center.

Prosecutors say under Barbaria's watch, Orange MRI made nearly $2 million in corrupt revenues from Medicare and Medicaid billings in the scheme.

He faces up to 5 years in prison at his January sentencing.

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