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Doctor admits getting cash kickbacks for referrals

3-10-14

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Jersey doctor has admitted receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals of his patients and failing to file tax returns on $1 million of income over a three-year period.

Yash Khanna, a 72-year-old Livingston resident who operated a family medicine practice in East Orange, pleaded guilty Monday to a six-count indictment charging him with conspiracy and other counts. He faces several years in prison when he’s sentenced June 27.

Prosecutors say Khanna got money from Orange Community MRI in exchange for referring patients there for testing. He’s the 15th doctor convicted in the government’s investigation of Orange MRI and its corrupt referring doctors.

Healthcare providers convicted in the investigation have so far have forfeited $460,140 overall.