Trial of 79-Year-Old Doctor Spotlights $200M Fraud Case

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
February 6, 2017 Updated: February 6, 2017

NEWARK, N.J.—More than 40 people have already pleaded guilty in a $200 million health care fraud scheme run by a New Jersey blood testing lab.

This week, the government’s evidence will be tested for the first time by a 79-year-old family doctor who hopes to convince a jury of his innocence.

Bernard Greenspan is charged with crimes including violating federal anti-kickback laws. He was arrested for his connection with Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services.

The now-defunct company’s owners have pleaded guilty to bribing dozens of doctors in New Jersey and New York in exchange for patient referrals.

Prosecutors say Greenspan was bribed with disguised lease payments, cash for holiday parties and a job for an alleged mistress.

Greenspan’s attorney says his client’s dealings with the lab were legitimate business transactions.