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18th Doctor Admits Taking Bribes to Order Lab Tests for Patients

By Jonathan Dienst
|  Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014  |  Updated 2:05 PM EDT
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18th Doctor Admits Taking Bribes to Order Tests

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Another doctor has admitted taking bribes from a New Jersey lab in exchange for ordering extra tests without their patients knowledge, making him the 18th to do so in a year.
 
Dr. Peter Deplas, 47, of Glen Head, New York admitted he took $120,000 in cash payoffs to order nearly $1 million in unnecessary tests through Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services in Parsippany.

Deplas' online biography says he practices internal medicine and is affiliated with Mount Sinai and several other major hospitals across the region.

 
Executives of the BLS lab have already pleaded guilty. They admitted paying millions in bribes over the years to doctors in New York and New Jersey in order to get over $100 million in lab tests sent to their firm. Several convicted workers admit they visited doctors and paid them cash, and have since been naming names of those who took bribes at medical practices across tri-state area.

U.S. attorney Paul Fishman said many of the lab tests were unnecessary. 

 
Deplas faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in October.  

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