US: Indian-origin Doctor Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribes - The New Indian Express

US: Indian-origin Doctor Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribes

Published: 27th March 2014 11:33 AM

Last Updated: 27th March 2014 11:33 AM

An Indian-origin pediatrician in the US has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running scheme operated by a diagnostic firm.  

Surender Gorukanti, 46, of Brooklyn, New York, admitted before US District Judge Stanley Chesler in Newark federal court to information charging him with one count of accepting bribes, Attorney Paul Fishman said.          

Besides Gorukanti, 24 people — including 14 physicians — have pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organisers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than USD 100 million in payments to the diagnostic firm from Medicare and various private insurance companies.       

Gorukanti admitted he accepted cheques of USD 1,000 per month as bribes from the firm in return for referring patient blood specimens to it.   

The bribery count to which Gorukanti pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 16.      

As part of his guilty plea, Gorukanti agreed to forfeit USD 14,000, representing the bribes he received from the firm.            

The investigation has recovered more than USD 7 million to date through forfeiture.

comments powered by Disqus

Disclaimer: We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the NIE editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.


follow us Mobile Site iPad News Hunt Android RSS Tumblr Linekin Pinterest Youtube Google Plus Twitter Facebook