- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Two more doctors have received prison terms for their roles in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme involving a northern New Jersey lab company.

Federal prosecutors say Eugene DeSimone, a 60-year-old Eatontown resident who practiced in Secaucus, and Franz Goyzueta, a 67-year-old New York resident with a practice there, both received 37-month sentences on Tuesday. DeSimone also must forfeit $260,500, while Goyzueta must forfeit $72,000.

Each doctor had pleaded guilty to accepting bribes.

Prosecutors say DeSimone accepted $1,500 in cash each month between August 2010 and March 2013 for referring patient blood specimens to Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, which received $980,000.

Goyzueta accepted as much as $3,000 per month from the firm between December 2013 and March 2013 for similar referrals, for which BLS received approximately $713,249.

Thirty-eight people - including 26 physicians - have now 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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