Staten Island Doctor Found Guilty Of Bribery Involving Test Referrals

Acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick announced Thursday a Staten Island physician was found guilty receiving bribes in exchange for test referrals operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC, its president and several associates.

PrisonFifty-eight-year-old Thomas V. Savino accepted approximately $25,000 in cash bribes from BLS associates and employees in exchange for referring his patients’ blood specimens to BLS, according to court documents.

BLS generated about $375,000 in lab business from Savino’s referrals. A total of 41 convictions, including 37 doctors, have been convicted in this test-referral scheme. BLS received over $100 million in payments from private insurance companies and Medicare, as a result of the scheme.

BLS previously pleaded guilty and was ordered for forfeit all of its assets. The company shut down on June 28, 2016. The investigation has already recovered over $13 million through forfeiture.

The wire fraud carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. Fitzpatrick’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 14, 2018.

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