Doctor Sentenced In New Jersey Lab Referral Scheme

NEWARK, NJ  (AP) -

A Long Island doctor has been sentenced to prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving a New Jersey lab.

A federal judge in Newark sentenced Brett Halper of Glen Head, New York, to 46 months in prison Wednesday. The 41-year-old, who practiced in Rockville Centre, had pleaded guilty to accepting bribes.

Halper was among more than three dozen people charged in the scheme run by Parsippany, New Jersey-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services.

Halper admitted that from 2011 to 2013 he referred about $2.9 million worth of business to the lab, and was often paid more than $5,000 per month.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the lab received more than $100 million from Medicare and private insurers.

Company president David Nicoll awaits sentencing on conspiracy and money laundering charges.