- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey doctor is headed to prison for accepting more than $353,000 in bribes from a medical lab company.

Federal prosecutors say Gary Safier received a two-year sentence Wednesday. He also will have to serve two years of supervised release once he’s freed from prison.

The 73-year-old Randolph resident had pleaded guilty to accepting bribes and filing a false tax return.

Prosecutors say the bribes were part of a long-running scheme operated by Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services. They say the company bribed doctors to refer patients and perform unnecessary tests, reaping millions of dollars.

Safier admitted accepting bribes from August 2007 through March 2013.

Prosecutors say the bribes initially were paid under the guise of bogus lease and service agreements between BLS and Safier’s medical office in Randolph.

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