Saturday, May 4, 2013

Peter Breihof and William Dailey Employees Of Clinical Laboratory Admit Roles In Multimillion-Dollar Cash-For-Referral Scheme


NEWARK, N.J. – Two former sales representatives of Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS) admitted today to conspiring with others to bribe doctors to refer patient blood samples to BLS, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Peter Breihof, 42, of Nutley, N.J., and William Dailey, 41, of Wall, N.J., both pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to Informations charging them with conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Federal Travel Act.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On April 9, 2013, federal agents arrested BLS president and part-owner, David Nicoll, 39, of Mountain Lakes, N.J.; Scott Nicoll, 32, of Wayne, N.J., a senior BLS employee and David Nicoll’s brother; and Craig Nordman, 34, of Whippany, N.J., a BLS employee and the CEO of Advantech Sales LLC – an entity allegedly used by BLS to make illegal payments. They were charged with participating in a long-running scheme to bribe doctors to refer patient blood samples to BLS and order unnecessary tests, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in profit for the company. The Complaint noted that two former BLS employees – Breihof and Dailey – had agreed to plead guilty and had cooperated in the investigation.

Between 2006 and 2013, BLS, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., and entities it funded paid millions of dollars to physicians to induce them to refer patient blood samples to BLS. From these referrals, BLS received tens of millions of dollars from private health insurance companies and Medicare. Numerous physicians were bribed under the guise of lease, service, and/or consulting agreements. Under the lease and service agreements, between 2006 and 2009, physicians were frequently paid thousands of dollars a month by BLS for space in medical offices that BLS did not need or actually use and to perform routine blood drawing services that had little real dollar value. Breihof and Dailey admitted today to using phony lease and service agreements to bribe physicians to send their patients’ blood samples to BLS. Breihof and Dailey also admitted that they paid various physicians a fee per test on behalf of BLS in order to induce those physicians to order more of the blood tests than they otherwise would have.

Breihof and Dailey each face a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison. Each count also carries a maximum $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. In addition, Breihof has agreed to forfeit $1,179,556, and Dailey has agreed to forfeit $558,405. Sentencing for both defendants is scheduled for Sept. 19, 2013.

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