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By Bruce Japsen, Chicago Tribune Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Apr. 3--A Lake Forest drugmaker might have been less agreeable to such a large settlement for its role in a health-care fraud scheme if it hadn't been for the timing of charges brought against two Connecticut urologists, according to new court records filed in the case.
The health-care fraud charges filed against Drs. Jacob Zamstein and Joseph Spinella in late 2000 were key in netting the record $875 million settlement paid in 2001 by TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc., the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said after Spinella's sentencing last month.
Spinella, 54, of Bristol, …