CAMDEN, N.J. – A medical sales representative from Gloucester County, New Jersey, was convicted today on 18 counts related to defrauding public health insurance plans out of more than $4.6 million, Attorney for the United States Vikas Khanna announced.
Steven Monaco, 40, of Sewell, New Jersey, was convicted on April 19, 2022, of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, eight counts of health care fraud, eight counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Travel Act, following a nine-day trial before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler.
According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:
Monaco was a leader of two related fraud schemes that resulted in millions of dollars of loss to public health insurance plans. In the first scheme, Monaco, as a sales representative for a medical diagnostic laboratory, orchestrated a kickback scheme with a doctor, Daniel Oswari. Monaco arranged for Oswari’s medical assistant to be placed on the payroll of the laboratory while continuing to work as a medical assistant for Oswari’s practice. In exchange, Oswari referred all his lab work to the laboratory for testing between late 2013 and 2016, and Monaco received $36,000 in commissions from the laboratory.
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