Couple pleads guilty in scheme to bribe doctors for referrals to their medical imaging centers

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TRENTON, New Jersey — A couple who operated medical imaging centers in New Jersey has pleaded guilty in a scheme to pay illegal kickbacks to doctors in exchange for referrals.

New Jersey's attorney general says 46-year-old Rehan Zuberi pleaded guilty Monday to financial facilitation of criminal activity and conspiracy to commit commercial bribery. Zuberi's wife, 39-year-old Humara Paracha, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit commercial bribery.

Authorities say they bribed dozens of doctors in exchange for referrals to their business for expensive diagnostic tests. The referrals were worth several million dollars.

Authorities say Zuberi will be sentenced to 10 years in prison as part of his plea agreement. Paracha will receive three years of probation. They will also have to pay $1 million in restitution.

Three others have pleaded guilty in the scheme.

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