Yash Khanna, 72, of Livingston pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to a six-count superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to violate the federal health care anti-kickback statute; soliciting and receiving more than $10,000 in illegal cash kickbacks for patient referrals in violation of the anti-kickback statute; and failing to file tax returns for tax years 2008, 2009, and 2010, Fishman said.
According to the Department of Justice:
From 2009 through 2011 Khanna owned and operated his own medical practice, Family Medicine and Pediatrics LLC. He agreed with representatives of a diagnostic testing facility called Orange Community MRI LLC that he would be paid cash in exchange for patients he referred for testing. He received cash kickbacks from Orange MRI for diagnostic tests performed on Medicare and Medicaid patients and met with an Orange MRI representative at his office on Oct. 4, 2011, and Nov. 10, 2011, taking envelopes with cash. Khanna acknowledged taking kickback cash from Orange MRI on other occasions as well.
Khanna admitted to earning income of more than $381,000 in 2008, $400,000 in 2009, and $214,000 in 2010. He intentionally failed to file tax returns or ask for extensions during those years.
The anti-kickback charges each carry a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss caused by the offense. The tax charges each carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a maximum $100,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss caused by the offense. Sentencing is scheduled for June 27, 2014.