Whenever possible, New Jersey doctors are in the business of making people well again. In order to do so, they typically examine the patient to determine the problem. Many times, additional tests are needed to provide an accurate diagnosis. Doctors should be able to recommend facilities that they believe will provide the appropriate service without fear of needing to provide a criminal defense.
It appears, however, that this referral practice has recently caused problems for five New Jersey doctors. According to the Office of Attorney General for New Jersey, these doctors were receiving payment for these referrals. In a statement, the OAG indicated that it believes one of the chiropractors charged received in excess of $10,000 in what it referred to as kickbacks.
The doctors involved have been charged with money laundering, bribery and conspiracy. The owner of the imaging facility to which the doctors referred patients has been accused of paying out over $800,000 in kickbacks for such referrals. He is facing similar charges.
Many times, companies offer incentives for customers to send them business. Drug companies provide doctors with sample prescription medication to entice them to prescribe their product instead of another. Other types of companies must rely upon other means in which to promote their businesses. Additionally, once a relationship with a business has been established, it seems natural to refer others to that business.
In this particular case, each New Jersey doctor will want to provide a criminal defense in answer to these charges. Charges of this nature can have a dramatic effect upon one's livelihood and ability to earn a living. An experienced defense team can work with a particular client to pursue the best possible outcome.
Source: Wayne NJ Patch, “NJ Doctors Busted In Statewide Bribery Kickback Scheme“, Tom Davis, June 13, 2017