- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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

Federal prosecutors say Ahmed El Soury pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy. He faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced July 19.

Prosecutors say he got more than $66,000 in bribes from employees and associates of Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services between March 2011 and April 2013. His referrals generated roughly $650,000 in business for the company.

El Soury lives in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey and has an internal medicine practice in Staten Island, New York.

Forty-four people - including 30 physicians - have pleaded guilty or been convicted in the scheme. It involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurers.

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