WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There's still no final decision on bail in a Medicare fraud case for a prominent Florida eye doctor also accused in a federal corruption indictment with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey.
A magistrate judge issued no immediate ruling on bail for Dr. Salomon Melgen after a hearing Wednesday. Among the issues are the details of property and bank accounts held by the 61-year-old Melgen in his native Dominican Republic, as well as the value of artwork he owns.
Melgen has been behind bars for nearly eight weeks. He has pleaded not guilty to falsely diagnosing patients with eye conditions and performing unnecessary procedures to bilk Medicare out of some $105 million.
The New Jersey corruption case involves allegations that Menendez used his clout to do favors for Melgen.