Another bad sign for the Senator.
Salomon Melgen, a wealthy donor and longtime friend of Menendez, was indicted along with the senator earlier this month on federal corruption charges that alleged Menendez used his Senate office to improperly intervene on behalf of Melgen’s business interests in exchange for lavish gifts and donations. The New Jersey senator has vowed to fight the charges.
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But now, Melgen is facing more legal troubles. Federal prosecutors in Florida say Melgen, 61, would falsely diagnose patients at his southern Florida practice for eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, submit false Medicare claims and create fake entries on his patients’ medical charts. Melgen would then use the false diagnoses to perform “medically unreasonable and unnecessary tests and procedures” such as laser surgery and eye injections, prosecutors said.