Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced Wednesday a New Jersey physician and his wife pleaded guilty to participating in a “test-referral bribe scheme” that was operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC located in Parsippany, New Jersey.
Fifty-year-old Aiman Hamdan, a cardiologist practiced in Paterson, New Jersey, admitted to accepting bribes from Biodiagnostic Laboratory in exchange for referring his patients’ blood samples to the company. Hamdan’s wife, 39-year-old Kristina Hamdan, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, according to court documents.
Biodiagnostic Laboratory gave Hamdan a $500,000 loan for his agreement to refer patient blood samples to the company in September 2008. He referred about $53,000 of blood samples to BLS from October 2008 through November 2008.
Kristina Hamdan was a sales employee of the lab from November 2009 through April 2013. She agreed to pay physicians bribes in exchange for agreements to refer patient blood samples to Biodiagnostic Laboratory.
Fifty-three-year-old Yousef Zibdie, an internal medicine physician who practiced in Woodland Park, received bribes for generating approximately $900,000 in business for Biodagnostic Laboratory.
The violation of the Federal Travel Act carries a five-year prison sentence. Kristina Hamdam faces a maximum 25-year prison sentence and $250,000.
As part of their plea agreements, Kristina and Aiman Hamdan have agreed to forfeit $15,000 and $1.2 million in criminal proceeds. Their sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 14, 2018.