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NEW YORK: A prominent Indian American from Oak Brook in Chicago has been jailed for two years for fraud related to health care.
Raghuveer Nayak, the 58-year-old pharmacist and surgery centre owner, was on Monday jailed for two years and fined $500,000 for bribing doctors to refer patients to his surgery centres.
Sentencing Nayak, US District Judge Robert Gettleman said, “When it comes to the doctor-patient relationship, we all rely on our physicians to make the best recommendation possible.”
Nayak was also ordered to pay $23,000 to the Internal Revenue Service as restitution.
He must report to jail on June 1.
A political activist, Nayak had raised funds for Jesse Jackson Jr. and disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. He was involved in wheeling-dealing by Jackson Jr. to buy Barack Obama’s Illinois state Senate seat in 2008 from then Illinois governor Blagojevich in 2008.
Blagojevich had to quit as governor and was later sentenced to 14 years in prison for trying to sell the Illinois state senate seat to Jackson. But Nayak was not charged.