FL Doc Tied to Senator Could Be Released

Jun 8, 2015

A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez appears to be nearing release from prison.

Dr. Salomon Melgen.

Dr. Salomon Melgen is due to appear before a federal judge Monday afternoon in West Palm Beach for a bond hearing. He's been behind bars for seven weeks.

Though a judge sided with prosecutors last month in keeping Melgen held, a second judge ruled Friday he could be released pending trial.

The case claims the eye surgeon perpetrated a massive Medicare fraud. It is separate from the New Jersey case he is charged in alongside Menendez, in which Melgen is accused of trading favors for influence.