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License Forfeited By Prison-Bound River Edge Doctor, 79

Greenspan signed a consent order with the state Board of Medical Examiners to surrender the license, eliminating the need for a formal hearing.
Greenspan signed a consent order with the state Board of Medical Examiners to surrender the license, eliminating the need for a formal hearing. Photo Credit: NJ Attorney General

RIVER EDGE, N.J. -- A 79-year-old River Edge family doctor who's headed to federal prison for accepting $200,000 in bribes in exchange for test referrals had his license permanently revoked.

Bernard Greenspan, who was sentenced to 41 months in June, signed a consent order with the state Board of Medical Examiners to surrender the license, eliminating the need for a formal hearing.

READ THE CONSENT ORDER: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Actions/20170804_25MB02154700.pdf

Federal jurors convicted Greenspan in March of all 10 counts brought against him following just over four hours of deliberation after an 11-day trial in Newark.

He was scheduled to surrender on Sept. 21.

There is no parole in the federal prison system -- meaning that Greenspan will be required to serve out nearly all of his sentence, with the possibility of a month or so taken off at the end for good behavior.

Greenspan was part of what Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick called "a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, its president and numerous associates."

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey has secured 44 convictions – 30 of them against doctors including Greenspan – in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organizers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes that resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies.

It is believed to be the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a bribery case, authorities said.

The investigation has recovered more than $13 million through forfeiture, they said.

Last June, BLS -- which is no longer operational -- pleaded guilty and was required to forfeit all of its assets.

Greenspan "periodically solicited, and received from the BLS employees and associates, monthly bribe payments in the form of sham rental, service agreement, and consultant payments; received the bribes between March 2006 and April 2013 from BLS employees and associates," Fitzpatrick said.

He also "solicited and received other bribes," including payment for holiday parties for himself and office staff, the U.S. attorney said.

BLS hired – at Greenspan’s specific request – a patient of Greenspan’s with whom he was having a sexual relationship, he added.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge William H. Walls sentenced Greenspan to one year of supervised release, fined him $125,000 and ordered forfeiture of $203,693.

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