- Associated Press - Sunday, October 2, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A doctor who accepted thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for sending patients for tests at two labs is now headed to prison.

Federal prosecutors say 55-year-old Vincent Destasio was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. The Toms River man also must forfeit $25,000 he got through the scheme that ran from March 2014 through May 2015.

Destasio had pleaded guilty in June to a conspiracy charge. An osteopath with offices in Toms River, he got kickbacks from two people who operated a marketing and sales company specializing in blood and DNA testing labs.

Prosecutors say Destasio got paid for referring patient lab work to two separate labs. The labs had no knowledge or involvement in the scheme.

The two people who bribed Destasio pleaded guilty.

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