Spinal Device Company, Execs Charged with Bribing Surgeons

The company's CEO and CFO allegedly conspired to pay millions in bribes disguised as consulting fees.

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BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts spinal device company and two of its top executives have been charged with carrying out a scheme to bribe surgeons to use the company's products, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

SpineFrontier, Inc.'s chief executive officer and chief financial officer are accused of conspiring to pay millions of dollars in bribes disguised as consulting fees to surgeons in exchange for the surgeons using the manufacturer's products, according to court documents.

Authorities say the company claimed to be paying the surgeons between $250 and $1,000 per hour for consulting fees but were actually bribing the surgeons to use SpineFrontier's products. They often determined how much to pay the doctors based on the number of procedures they performed and the amount of money those procedures made for the company, prosecutors say.

The company's chief executive officer and founder, Kingsley R. Chin of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and its chief financial officer, Aditya Humad of Cambridge, Massachusetts, face charges including conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback statute and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Malden, Massachusetts-based company has also been charged.

Humad's lawyer said his client “denies all charges, and looks forward to his day in court.”

Emails seeking comment were sent to Chin's lawyer and the company.

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