TOTOWA, NJ - Dr. Ronald Hayek, who practiced on Union Blvd in Totowa, pleads guilty to charges filed by the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau. He has been charged with conspiracy, second-degree money laundering, six counts of commercial bribery and other charges filed by the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.

Hayek previously pleaded guilty on July 21 to two allegations. The first allegation, filed by the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau, charged him with second-degree conspiracy, second-degree money laundering, six counts of commercial bribery, (four in the second degree, two in the third degree), and one count of third degree failure to pay taxes. The second allegation,filed by the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, charged him with one count of third-degree conspiracy.

In pleading guilty to the allegations filed by the Division of Criminal Justice, Hayek admitted he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in kickbacks which lead to the arrest of others involved in the illegal operation.

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Others charged in this investigation includes Dr. Kesnold Baptiste, 50, of Roselle, who was charged with health care claims fraud, conspiracy, and commercial bribery for allegedly accepting money in return referring his patients to a medical imaging facility owned by one of two individuals who previously pleaded guilty in a statewide healthcare-related bribery conspiracy involving dozens of doctors, lawyers, and medical facility operators.

“The type of kickback schemes that we are uncovering with our new commercial bribery task force have a corrosive impact on our healthcare system, leading patients to receive unnecessary diagnostic services and treatments, and ultimately inflating costs for everyone,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “With these cases, we are sending a message to schemers in the industry that their crimes will be met with aggressive prosecution.”

Baptiste is accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from Ata “Danny” Chaudhry, 55, of Paramus, who owns MRNJ Newark, MRNJ Oradell, and Hudson Radiology Center of New Jersey. Another facility owner, Tariq Din, 48, of Paramus, who owns Clifton MRI Facility also known as Open MRI of Clifton, was also charged.

Din and Chaudhry pleaded guilty last month to money laundering, second-degree charges of conspiracy, commercial bribery, and misconduct of a corporate official. Din and Chaudhry paid more than $850,000 to more than 15 physicians and other professionals in exchange for referrals to their MRI facilities.

The Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor vows to continue its work with the Division of Criminal Justice until all co-conspirators are brought to justice for their part in corrupting the health care system and damaging the ethics of New Jersey’s health care profession.