Florida Doctor Connected to Bob Menendez Indicted on Medicare Fraud Charges

This Jan. 31, 2010, image released by Miami Dade College shows Dr. Salomon Melgen, posing for a photo at the book signing of "Growing American Roots", a book by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., at the college in Miami. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)
This Jan. 31, 2010, image released by Miami Dade College shows Dr. Salomon Melgen, posing for a photo at the book signing of “Growing American Roots”, a book by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., at the college in Miami. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

The Florida doctor who is at the heart of corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez was indicted Tuesday on Medicare fraud charges.

Salomon Melgen, the North Palm Beach opthamologist whose alleged girlfriends, lavish gifts and political contributions were laid out in the 68-page indictment of Menendez earlier this month, was charged Tuesday with a total of 76 charges tied to a scheme that involved submitting falsely diagnosed patient claims between 2004 and 2013, the Justice Department said.

The indictment comes less than two weeks after the federal prosecutors indicted Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, on corruption charges for allegedly using his Senate office to push Melgen’s interests.

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SOURCE: CNN, Eric Bradner

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