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Five Doctors Plead Guilty In Connection With Test Referral Scheme With NJ Clinical Lab

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NEWARK, N.J. – Five doctors last week, including one who has an office in Woodland Park, admitted taking bribes in connection with a long-running and elaborate test referral scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, its president and numerous associates, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

George Roussis, 44, of Staten Island, N.Y.; Nicholas Roussis, 48, of Staten Island, N.Y.; Jorge J. Figueroa, 58, of Wayne; and Basel Batarseh, 57, of Franklin Lakes, each pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court to separate informations charging them each with one count of accepting bribes in violation of the Federal Travel Act.

Yousef Zibdie, 53, of Wayne, who has a practice in Woodland Park and was indicted on June 6, 2017 with Aiman Hamdan and Kristina Hamdan, pleaded guilty before Judge Chesler to all 11 counts against him in the indictment, including participating in the bribery conspiracy, violating the Federal Anti-Kickback statute, violating the Federal Travel Act, honest services wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

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