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August 13, 2015

N.Y. doctor accused of accepting bribes for patients' blood samples

A New York doctor has been indicted in federal court for allegedly accepting bribes from employees at a New Jersey-based blood lab in exchange for referrals of his patients’ blood samples.

According to an Associated Press report at CBSPhilly, the doctor, Bret Ostrager, 50, was indicted Tuesday on charges that he violated anti-kickback and travel act laws.

He allegedly accepted both money and gifts from employees and associates of Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services in Parsippany, Morris County, in exchange for his patients' blood samples. Authorities said the money and gifts included a monthly allotment of $3,300, tickets to Justin Bieber and Katy Perry concerts and free meals.

Authorities said the blood samples amounted to more than $900,000 in business for the blood lab. If convicted, Ostrager faces up to five years in prison.

Read the full CBSPhilly article here.