- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man is headed to prison for his role in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme involving a New Jersey lab company.

Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Len Rubinstein, of Holmdel, received a 37-month sentence Wednesday. He also will have to serve a year of supervised release once he’s freed and will forfeit $250,000.

Rubinstein had pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy to commit bribery. Prosecutors say that from May 2012 through April 2013, Rubinstein agreed with officials at Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services to pay doctors cash bribes to refer their patients to BLS for medical tests.

Rubinstein admitted using an entity he controlled to hide the money he received from BLS and used it to make bribe payments.

Thirty-eight people - including 26 physicians - have pleaded guilty so far 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 $11 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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