- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Another doctor has pleaded guilty in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme involving a northern New Jersey firm.

Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Anthony DelPiano, of Monmouth Junction, pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting bribes. He faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced May 12, and also will forfeit $204,475 he received in the scheme.

Prosecutors say DelPiano, who has practices in Jersey City, got the bribes from Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services in exchange for test referrals. DelPiano was paid about $2,300 per month and his referrals generated at least $1,752,603 in lab business for the company.

Thirty-five people - including 24 physicians - have pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme. Its organizers have admitted the scheme involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to the company from Medicare and various private insurance companies.

The investigation has recovered more than $10.5 million so far through forfeiture.

Several people connected with the lab have pleaded guilty, including president and part-owner David Nicoll and his brother, Scott, a senior employee.

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