Democrats were rocked by yet another arrest this week when Dr. Salomon Melgen, a top donor to the party, was convicted of 67 counts of Medicare fraud stemming from a 2015 incitement.
It was during that time that Melgen was also indicted for bribing Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), who is facing corruption charges. Melgen’s conviction will also likely result in Menendez being convicted for bribery.
Time reported that prosecutors argued that Melgen stole up to $105 million from the federal insurance program between 2008 and 2013, by giving patients treatments and tests that couldn’t help them. His defense lawyers argued that any billing issues were simply mistakes, but the jury was not buying it.
If he does not strike a deal, Melgen is facing spending the rest of his life in prison. His sentencing will take place on July 14.
Melgen and Menendez will go on trial September 6 in New Jersey on charges the doctor bribed the senator for favors, including intervention in the fraud probe.
“I have spoken to Senator Menendez and he is saddened for his long-time friend and is thinking of his family on this difficult day,” Menendez’s attorney, Abbe David Lowell, said in a statement. “As we have known for the past two years, the issues involved in Dr. Melgen’s case in South Florida had no bearing on the allegations made against the Senator, and this verdict will have no impact on him.”
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