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ST. LOUIS • Three men from the Chicago suburbs who accepted kickbacks to steer biological samples to a St. Louis-area lab were convicted Tuesday by a jury in federal court here of a conspiracy charge and multiple health care fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Reuben Goodwin, 53, of Richton Park, Phillip Jones, 58, of Markham, and Dwight McTizic, 47, of Hazel Crest, were rewarded for sending samples to AMS Medical Laboratory Inc., prosecutors said. AMS managing partner Anthony Camillo would pay the men 50 percent of the profit, or as much as $200 per sample, prosecutors said. The samples were obtained in health fairs held at business and churches in Illinois and Indiana, and often submitted with the names of doctors who did not order the tests or know the patients, prosecutors said.

Camillo and AMS sought reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, although both programs do not pay to test specimens obtained by illegal kickbacks, prosecutors said.

The men are among 10 defendants charged in the case. Camillo pleaded guilty to charges last year. Former University City doctor Devon Golding was found guilty after a trial in October.