Dr. Salomon Melgen Medicare Fraud

A federal judge is ordering a prominent Florida eye doctor behind bars to pay millions more in restitution.

A politically prominent Florida eye doctor asked a judge for mercy Thursday as prosecutors pushed for a 30-year sentence on his conviction for Medicare fraud.

Even though a politically prominent Florida eye doctor was convicted of Medicare fraud, that doesn't mean the federal government lost more than $100 million as prosecutors contend, his attorneys argued Wednesday as they tried to save him from a lengthy prison sentence.

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A prominent Florida eye doctor accused of political corruption was convicted of Medicare fraud Friday, increasing the odds that federal prosecutors could pressure him to testify against New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

Eye Doctor Tied To Political Corruption Portrayed As Caring

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Attorneys for a prominent Florida eye doctor tied to corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez are presenting witnesses who say he is an innovative physician who doesn't give up on his patients.

Jury selection heads into a third day in the Medicare fraud trial of a prominent Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen.

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It will be at least another year before a Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez will go to trial on Medicare fraud charges.

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U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has renewed his attack on the federal government's corruption case against him and a Florida eye doctor in court filings that accuse prosecutors of ginning up the 22-count indictment out of a "fixation on sex and salacious headlines."

A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez was sent back to jail for a second night Wednesday while his lawyers try to negotiate his bond over allegations of Medicare fraud.

Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

Menendez predicted he would be "vindicated" and, in a defiant statement before reporters and cheering supporters Wednesday evening, said, "This is not how my career is going to end."

While only a small fraction of doctors receive more than $3 million a year from Medicare, Florida accounts for way more than its share -- one in four. And guess which state is home to the doctor who made nearly $21 million?

Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on health care financing.