Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

West New York Mayor Acquitted

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

West New York Mayor Acquitted

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HACKENSACK - The mayor of West New York was found not guilty on Wednesday on a charge that he accepted kickbacks in a cash-for- referral scheme that sent patients to an MRI lab.

Dr. Felix Roque, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Cuba and anesthesiologist, faced a single count of commercial bribery stemming from an indictment in 2015 on that charge and two others that were later dismissed. A jury found him not guilty on Wednesday in Superior Court in Bergen County just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

"I would like to thank the justice system in the best country of the world, the United States of America, for granting me the opportunity to defend myself against the outrageous charges that were brought upon me," Roque said on Thursday. "The nightmare has ended and now it is time to go back to what matters and that is serving my great town of West New York, New Jersey, as mayor and serving my patients to ensure they receive the absolute best quality care possible. …

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