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Laboratory Sales Representatives Pay Kickbacks to Doctor; Doctor Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

Date: June 29, 2016
Source: USAO-DNJ

I knew the day would come and it's here:

Laboratory sales representatives paying kickbacks to a doctor, who took them and has now pleaded guilty to a federal crime involving kickbacks. Here's the story and the guilty plea factual resume:

Vincent Destasio, 54, of Toms River, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden federal court to Count 1 of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to accept cash bribes.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Destasio, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, was paid cash kickbacks by two sales representatives – Daniel Gilman, 63, of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and Kenneth Roberson, 46, of Wall, New Jersey – who were partners operating PROMED, a marketing and sales company specializing in blood testing laboratories and DNA laboratory testing companies.  READ THIS AS 1099 sales personnel tied to laboratories. 

From March 2014 through May 2015, Gilman and Robberson solicited Destasio by paying him cash bribes for referring patient lab work to two separate laboratories for which Gilman and Robberson provided marketing and sales. One company (Company 1) was a blood testing laboratory company and the other was a DNA laboratory testing company (Company 2). Neither Company 1 nor Company 2 had any knowledge of or involvement in the kickback scheme.   

Gilman and Robberson received monthly commission checks from the two companies for referrals. After receiving the commission checks from the two companies, Gilman and Robberson would identify the number of patients Destasio had referred and pay him a cash kickback based on those patients. Destasio was paid thousands of dollars in cash bribes for his referrals. TO READ THE FEDERAL COURT INDICTMENT, CLICK HERE.

TO READ THE PLEA AGREEMENT, CLICK HERE.

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