Spine device execs charged in bribery scheme

Spinal Tech

The CEO and CFO of Malden, Mass.-based SpineFrontier were charged in connection to a kickback scheme in which surgeons were allegedly bribed to use the devicemaker's products in exchange for sham consulting fees, the Department of Justice said Sept. 7.

CEO and founder Kingsley Chin, MD, and CFO Aditya Humad were indicted on one count of conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, six counts of violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Dr. Chin and Mr. Humad allegedly contracted with surgeons and agreed to pay them between $250 and $1,000 per hour for purported consulting with SpineFrontier. However, the surgeons were allegedly paid for using SpineFrontier's products, and did little — if any — consulting.

The duo allegedly paid each surgeon between $32,625 and $978,000 in bribes.

SpineFrontier has previously faced scrutiny from the DOJ over kickback allegations, including an $8 million scheme that ran from 2013 to 2018. Read more about that case here.

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