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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Blood Trafficker Jailed, Fined

March 1, 1989
Associated Press (03/01/89)

New York--A state Supreme Court judge sentenced a salesman who participated in a blood trafficking ring that billed Medicaid for more than $30 million in unnecessary tests to one to four years in jail and a fine of $432,000 Tuesday. Muhammed Usman Irfan took part in the scam as a salesman for Med-Serv Laboratories in Flushing, Queens, one of three laboratories charged in the case. The labs bought blood that was often HIV-positive from drug addicts and billed the government for phony lab tests. Irfan pleaded guilty to grand larceny in January. The state has charged six others in the blood case.