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New Lawyers for Eye Doc Fighting Fraud Charges

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A high-powered Miami attorney and Washington lawyer will now help North Palm Beach ophthalmologist Dr. Salomon Melgen fight federal fraud charges, the Palm Beach Post reports.  

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra allowed Melgen to dismiss his original legal team representing him in the $105 million Medicare fraud case, which includes 46 charges of health care fraud and 30 related offenses, according to the Post.

Melgen also is facing federal bribery charges for his connection to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez.

Melgen is accused of falsely diagnosing and treating patients at three clinics in Palm Beach County and one in Port St. Lucie, reports the Post.

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