YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An Englewood physician today admitted trying to hire a hit man to kill his lover and his former business partner.
Ajit Jayaram, a 65-year-old internist whose office was in Jersey City, said he owed one of the targets, pharmacist Mukhtar Ahmed, $250,000 and was worried his wife — a Brooklyn neurologist — would learn of his affair with another woman.
The two men “had a prior failed business relationship and were involved in ongoing disputes over a woman,” state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said today.
Jayaram also admitted in Superior Court in Jersey City today that he accepted Medicaid payments for bogus exams and other procedures that either weren’t medically necessary or not done at all.
Jayaram accepted a nine year prison sentence in exchange for guilty pleas to two counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count each of second-degree health-care claims fraud and third-degree Medicaid fraud.
He must serve more than 7½ years before he is eligible for parole. He will then remain under supervision for five years.
The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners temporarily suspended his license to practice in the state — a move expected to be made permanent following today’s conviction.
“Dr. Jayaram attempted to solve his business problems and cover up an extramarital affair with cold-blooded murder,” Chiesa said. “I commend the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor and the Jersey City Police Department for taking this dangerous man off of the streets.”
Sentencing was scheduled for April 12.
Deputy Attorney General Peter Sepulveda represented the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the plea hearing. Detective Kevin Gannon and Sgt. Frederick Weidman handled the investigation for the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.
Chiesa thanked members of the Jersey City Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit, as well as the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.