Florida doctor tied to NJ Sen. Menendez headed to hearing

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Posted: Jun 10, 2015 8:03 AM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A prominent eye doctor accused in a federal corruption case along with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is scheduled to be back in a Florida courtroom seeking release on bail.

Dr. Salomon Melgen is set to appear in federal court in West Palm Beach on Wednesday morning to provide more information on his assets before a judge sets bond.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Hopkins said Monday that he needed to know about property and bank accounts held by 61-year-old Melgen in his native Dominican Republic, as well as the value of artwork he owns in the U.S.

Melgen has been behind bars for nearly eight weeks. He is accused of falsely diagnosing patients with eye conditions and performing unnecessary procedures to bilk Medicare out of as much as $105 million.