Federal prosecutors say 52-year-old Anthony DeLuca, of Point Pleasant, pleaded guilty Monday to accepting bribes. He faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced March 20, and also will forfeit $16,500 he received in the scheme.
Prosecutors say DeLuca, who has practices in Wall and Howell townships in Monmouth County, got the bribes from Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services in exchange for unnecessary test referrals. DeLuca was paid about $1,500 per month, which he received from another person in his medical office engaged in the same activity.
Thirty-two people — including 21 physicians — have now pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme.