TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A South Florida doctor with campaign finance ties to U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., took in a whopping $20.8 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012, according to an Associated Press analysis of physician data released by the Obama administration.

Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach ophthalmologist, was tops among 825,000 individual physicians, half of which received $30,265 or less.

But the first-place ranking won’t likely earn Melgen an exalted status among his medical peers. Rather, the revelation comes amid a cloud of suspicion surrounding the politically connected Floridian.