LawFuel.com – One Executive Has Pled Guilty to Accepting Bribes and Kickbacks
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Thomas O’Donnell, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“HHS-OIG”), and Steven G. Hughes, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Secret Service today announced charges against eight individuals for their alleged involvement in a lucrative scheme in which information technology vendors paid over $2.3 million in bribes and kickbacks to secure business from executives of a Manhattan-based medical cost management company (the “New York Company”).
The defendants charged with paying the bribes and kickbacks are SARVESH DHARAYAN, SANJAY GUPTA, VENKATA ATLURI, RANGARAJAN KUMAR, VADAN KUMAR KOPALLE, and DARREN SIRIANI. The defendants charged with receiving the bribes and kickbacks are ANIL SINGH and KEITH BUSH. DHARAYAN, GUPTA, KOPPALLE, and SIRIANI were arrested this morning at their homes in New Jersey, and were presented in Manhattan federal court this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge James L. Cott. SINGH, who was previously arrested in April 2013, pled guilty to honest services fraud and other charges before U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote on July 11, 2013. BUSH, who was also arrested previously on July 12, 2013, is next scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference on August 15, 2013. ATLURI and KUMAR are not yet in custody.