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New Jersey doctor gets 2 years in bribe scheme


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey doctor who was arrested last year in a medical lab kickback scheme is now going to federal prison.

Dennis Aponte received a two-year sentence Monday in U.S. District Court in Newark. The Cedar Grove resident also will have forfeit $235,000 federal prosecutors say he earned from the scheme.

He had pleaded guilty to violating the federal travel act.

Aponte apologized in court Monday.

Prosecutors contend Aponte and other doctors were paid bribes by Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services to send blood samples for unnecessary tests that were then billed to Medicare and private insurance providers.

The lab’s president, David Nicoll, pleaded guilty last year to bribery conspiracy and money laundering. He is still awaiting sentencing.