Washington: Dr Shashi Agarwal, a 60-year-old cardiologist who was in private practice at East Orange in New Jersey, has pleaded guilty to referring patients for diagnostic tests in exchange for money.
Dr Agarwal was arrested on December 13, 2011 and charged with accepting bribes in violation of the federal healthcare antikickback statute. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 6, 2013 and could face up to five years in prison.
From 2009 to 2011, Dr Agarwal solicited and received more than $100,000 in kickbacks for referring patients for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) scans, reports Newark Star-Ledger.
Dr Agarwal told US District Judge Claire Cecchi in Newark federal court that he agreed to refer as many as 20 patients each month to Orange Community MRI. He was paid $100 for each patient he referred for an MRI and $50 for a CAT scan. [Source: The Heart]