FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge is likely to sentence a politically prominent Florida eye doctor to about two decades in prison for stealing $73 million in one of history’s largest Medicare frauds.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra will sentence Dr. Salomon Melgen in West Palm Beach on Thursday for 67 crimes including health care fraud and submitting false claims. In court documents filed Wednesday, Marra said federal guidelines suggest Melgen receive between 19 and 24 years. Marra can deviate from those standards, however.
The 63-year-old Melgen convinced elderly patients to undergo painful tests and treatments they didn’t need for diseases they didn’t have, including eye injections and laser blasts on their retinas.
In a separate case, Melgen was accused of bribing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. Those charges were dropped after their New Jersey trial ended with a hung jury.
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