Doctor Peter Deplas pleads guilty in medical lab bribery scheme

NEWARK, N.J. - Another doctor has pleaded guilty in a long-running bribes-for-test referrals scheme involving a northern New Jersey firm.

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say 47-year-old Peter Deplas, of Glen Head, pleaded guilty Tuesday to accepting bribes. He faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 29.

Deplas also will forfeit $120,500, which prosecutors say represents the bribes he got from Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services. They say he got the money in exchange for unnecessary test referrals.

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Deplas admitted accepting the bribes through a sham lease agreement of $5,000 per month, as well as additional monthly cash payments of as much as $7,000.

Twenty-nine people — including 18 physicians — have now pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme.

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