Two Paramus men who own MRI facilities in northern New Jersey paid more than $850,000 in illegal kickbacks to 15 doctors and other health professionals for referrals to their imaging centers, according to their guilty pleas. A Totowa chiropractor who accepted some of the bribes has also pleaded guilty. A Union County chiropractor was arrested and charged this month with taking kickbacks for referring patients to the centers, located in Oradell, Bayonne and Newark, according to the attorney general’s office.
The cases are part of a far reaching, long running web of corruption in the medical imaging business that has snared dozens of doctors and chiropractors, cost millions of dollars for insurers and Medicaid, and led state law enforcement to create a special commercial bribery task force for the health-care industry.
“The type of kickback schemes that we are uncovering … have a corrosive impact on our healthcare system, leading patients to …
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