Politico reported on August 14 that Dr. Salomon Melgen (in photo above) “has been suspended from the state’s Medicaid program over the dozens of unrelated Medicare fraud charges against him…”
According to the Politico report, “Dr. Salomon E. Melgen was indicted in April on 76 counts of Medicare fraud after federal prosecutors say he bilked the program out of $105 million between 2007 and 2014. He was released from a Palm Beach County jail on July 9 on $18 million bond.
“Melgen, who has offices in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties, had received $21 million in Medicare reimbursement in 2012 — more than any other doctor nationwide.
“Separately, Melgen is facing public corruption charges on accusations he funneled nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign donations to New Jersey Democrat [Sen. Bob] Menendez in exchange for political favors.”
[To view the order suspending Melgen from Florida’s Medicaid program, click here.]
Sen. Menendez’ south Florida buddy apparently has boundless amounts of ready cash available. Melgen bailed out of a south Florida jail on July 9, producing the 18 million needed for his (temporary) get out of jail card. Melgen had been jailed since his arrest on April 14 of this year.
Melgen faces 76 health-care-related fraud charges in connection with a scheme prosecutors claim bilked Medicare out of $105 million over the years.