The scheme, its organisers have admitted, involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from government-run Medicare and various private insurance companies.
Gorukanti admitted he accepted checks of $1,000 per month as bribes from BLS in return for referring patient blood specimens to BLS. The bribery count to which Gorukanti pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 16. As part of his guilty plea, Gorukanti agreed to forfeit $14,000, representing the bribes he received, from BLS. The investigation has recovered more than $7 million to date through forfeiture.