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Florida Trial Set for 2016 for Doctor Tied to Sen. Menendez

Medicare / Medicaid Fraud
Posted at 1:18 PM, May 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-04 13:18:00-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge has set a trial date for early 2016 in the Medicare fraud case of a Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez.

    

Attorneys for Salomon Melgen said Monday they'll look to health care experts to prove that the $190 million charges to Medicare were medically necessary.

    

The defense told Judge Kenneth Marra they'd prefer to try the Florida case before the New Jersey case. In that corruption case, prosecutors allege Menendez intervened on his friend's behalf to gain visas for Melgen's foreign girlfriends, press Dominican officials to honor a lucrative port contract for one of the doctor's businesses and influence Medicare officials on billing disputes. In exchange, authorities say, Melgen showered the senator with flights, vacations and contributions.

    

Melgen remains in custody while attorneys are working on a bond agreement. He has pleaded not guilty.

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5/4/2015 12:20:07 PM (GMT -4:00)