Missouri Physicians and Pain Management Practices Agree to Pay Over $650,000 to Settle Kickback Allegations Involving Laboratory Testing
NEWARK, N.J. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for his role in a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, New Jersey, its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Len Rubinstein, 44, of Holmdel, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and one count of money laundering. Judge Chesler imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
Including Rubinstein, 38 people – 26 of them doctors – have pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organizers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies. The investigation has so far recovered more than $11 million to date through forfeiture.
According to documents filed in this and other cases and statements made in court:
From May 2012 through April 2013, Rubinstein agreed with BLS president David Nicoll, 41, of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, his brother, Scott Nicoll, 34, of Wayne, New Jersey, and others to pay doctors to refer patients to BLS for testing of blood specimens. Rubinstein paid cash bribes to doctors as part of the conspiracy. Rubinstein admitted he used Delta Consulting Group LLC – an entity he controlled – to hide the money he received from BLS and used to make bribe payments to doctors.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler ordered Rubinstein to serve one year of supervised release, pay a $10,000 fine, and forfeit $250,000.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert; IRS–Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen; and inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates, with the ongoing investigation.
The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel Andrew Leven; Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph N. Minish; Jacob T. Elberg, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in Newark; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Ward, Chief of the office’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman reorganized the health care fraud practice at the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office shortly after taking office, including creating a stand-alone Health Care and Government Fraud Unit to handle both criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions of health care fraud offenses. Since 2010, the office has recovered more than $635 million in health care fraud and government fraud settlements, judgments, fines, restitution and forfeiture under the False Claims Act, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and other statutes.
Defense counsel: Charles Uliano Esq., West Long Branch, New Jersey