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Friday, June 26, 2015

Arrest in Jogger Hit and Run

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Richard Goldberg: released on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

UPDATE Westport Police today announced the arrest of a Weston doctor awaiting prison for bribery in connection with the May 14 hit and run of a female jogger on Riverside Avenue near Charles Street.

Richard Goldberg, 65, of 95 Davis Hill Road, surrendered at Police Headquarters Monday, where an arrest warrant for evading responsibility was served, said Lt. Arthur Belile.

He said a description of the black sedan that struck the 48-year-old Westport woman “determined that Goldberg was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.”

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Emergency workers tend to a Westport woman hit by a car while jogging on Riverside Avenue on May 14. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

The woman, who was treated on site for non-life threatening injuries, was later transported to Norwalk Hospital.

At the hospital, she was found to have suffered a broken leg and a broken ankle, according to a family friend.

Released on a $500 bond, Goldberg was scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, June 29. Court records showed he subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Aug. 5 to one year in jail.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, Goldberg and another New York City doctor were sentenced on June 2 to nearly two years in prison for accepting more than $100,000 apiece to refer business to a New Jersey lab at the center of a bribes-for-blood scheme.

They were ordered to voluntarily surrender to prison within 60 days on a date set by the Bureau of Prisons, according to court documents.

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Richard Goldberg practiced medicine in Manhattan. File photo

Goldberg and Gary Leeds, 61, of Greenwich, each pleaded guilty on Nov. 21, 2013 to a single count of accepting bribes.

Federal prosecutors say that between September 2010 and April 2013, Goldberg and Leeds accepted thousands of dollars per month in return for referring their patients’ blood specimens to Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services (BLS) in Parsippany, N.J.  BLS would then bill Medicare or private insurers.

Prosecutors say the pair referred a combined $1.8 million in business from their practice, Family Medical Group of Manhattan, to BLS.

Both men were ordered to forfeit $108,000.

Goldberg was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release after he leaves prison. Leeds must pay a $15,000 fine and serve a year of supervised release.

U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Chesler in Newark, N.J. sentenced Goldberg and Leeds to 20 months in prison each.

Including Goldberg and Leeds, 38 people—26 of them doctors—have pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organizers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies, the U.S Attorney’s Office said.

The investigation has so far recovered more than $11 million to date through forfeiture.

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Posted 06/26/15 at 12:07 PM  Permalink



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So, if this so-called “doctor,” was already in prison, where he obviously belongs, this poor woman wouldn’t be where she is. Is he going to jail, now?  I hope! Sometimes, our laws make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

I’ve no idea how anyone, much less a…well, it’s obvious he only cares about himself, but still, how can you hit someone and leave them?

Posted by Jean Marie Wiesen on June 27, 2015 at 12:44 PM | #