- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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

Federal prosecutors say 52-year-old Salvatore Conte, of Totowa, was indicted Tuesday on conspiracy and other charges. He faces several years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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

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

Conte has a medical practice in Passaic County. Prosecutors say his arraignment date hasn’t been scheduled.

It wasn’t known Tuesday if Conte has retained an attorney.

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