Brothers who ran $100-m health fraud scam sentenced

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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NEW JERSEY, USA (AP) — Two brothers who admitting bribing doctors in a $100-million health care scheme were sentenced to prison yesterday, closing a case that featured accounts of cash bribes, prostitutes and $300,000 luxury cars.

David Nicoll, 44, considered the orchestrator of the seven-year scheme, received a six-year sentence for his role in a fraud authorities said at the time of his arrest in 2013 was one of the largest of its kind ever uncovered. His younger brother, Scott, received a 43-month sentence.

Both sentences were far below the 25-year combined maximum sentences the brothers faced after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe doctors and money laundering through their New Jersey company, Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services. Both men cooperated with the government and were instrumental in helping prosecutors earn more than 50 guilty pleas or convictions.

In a wavering voice, David Nicoll told the court he was “embarrassed and ashamed” by his crimes.

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