- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 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 Salvatore Conte faces a lengthy prison term when he’s sentenced June 6. The Totowa man pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy and related charges.

Prosecutors say Conte received about $130,000 in bribes from employees and associates of Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services between February 2009 and April 2013. They say Conte received bribe payments in the form of sham rental, service agreement and consultant payments.

Conte’s referrals generated approximately $525,000 in lab business for the company.

Conte has a medical practice in Passaic County.

Forty-two people - including 28 physicians - have pleaded guilty 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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