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Madison School Medical Inspector Pleads Guilty in Lab Test Referral Scheme

Wayne Lajewski, 51, who has a practice on Main Street, admitted to accepting $48,000 in bribes.

A Madison doctor who has served as medical inspector for the borough school district pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals to a Parsippany lab, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Wayne Lajewski, 51, a longtime Madison resident, became the 26th defendant to plead guilty in the long-running scheme connected to Parsippany-based Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC.

Lajewski was appointed as the Madison School District medical inspector in February 2012. He replaced former Councilman Vincent Esposito, who admitted in December to writing illegal painkiller prescriptions.

Lajewski, who has an internal medicine practice on Main Street, was re-appointed as district medical inspector for $9,400 plus $150 for each home football game in a new contract from July 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014.

According to his online bio, Lajewski is a former U.S. Army Ranger and served several tours in Iraq. He received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers in 1985, a Seton Hall law degree in 1989 and graduated University of Medicine and Dentistry in 1999.

According to court documents, Lajewski admitted accepting $2,000 in cash per month for a two-year period in exchange for referring patient blood specimens to BLS, which received more than $850,000.

Lajewski faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing on July 8. Lajewski agreed to forfeit $48,000—the amount he received in bribes—as part of the plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

A total of 26 people, including 15 doctors, have pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme.

The organizers have admitted the scheme involved millions of dollars in bribes and yielded more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and other private insurance companies, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The investigation has recovered more than $7 million so far in forfeitures, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Nancy April 12, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Well said, Timothy J. Better than I could... and I tried. So I'll just echo your voice.
Christian April 12, 2014 at 04:30 PM
T.M. Jones. Might need to check your own facts. Please explain what you mean about the "investigation timeline" because I don't get it? And don't kid yourself, just because the Feds aren't wasting their time on his chiro partner, doesn't mean he wasn't involved.....it might just mean that they don't consider him to be important since he doesn't hold a medical license. You and CarMax seem oddly concerned with the alleged harm done to the partner - sounds like he may not be so squeaky clean....still think he's a victim here?
MaxDuPont April 12, 2014 at 07:34 PM
The doc is guilty of a crime, makes him a criminal. Criminals are no role models for any civilized community. He doesn't need a public flogging, he just needs to be gone from the school, and he will be soon. Stay tuned. Christian: As I said, I don't know the partner or partners, if they're not clean, find out and get rid of them. Ken Dahl claimed to have overheard the partners father talking about things before the news - ask him to pursue that with the Feds. I don't believe in chiros anyway, so one less quack will be even better! Timothy J: Since you cannot defend the doctors crime or address the issue of whether he should be on the town payroll looking after kids, you choose to attack me and my parents. Bravo, it shows your character and the "grace" that Nancy so fervently wishes for - and in all her grace she praised your personal attack. Wonderful, you are both lowlifes and I'm glad never to have known you - that's the beauty of anonymity. Yes, you're welcome to have the last word.
Nancy April 12, 2014 at 07:48 PM
Oh dear, Max. Quite the victim. And rather prone to hyperbole. Lowlife? Really. Well, I'm grateful there are people of compassion out there, and I really hope that, at a low time in your life, you find yourself surrounded by people who would show you compassion. I know I would. So, I think this conversation has run its course.
BeardedMike April 21, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Well said Nancy. I've sparred with Max several times on Patch. He can't avoid the hyperbole. I'm not even sure he understands that he has a tendency to generalize and negatively label people with whom he disagrees. Still, I'm with you: I hope people treat Max better when he is at a low point, instead of labeling him as such.

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