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Florida Eye Doctor Gets Clemency From Trump In Health Fraud

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FILE - In this April 2, 2015 file photo, Dr. Salomon Melgen arrives at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse for his arraignment in Newark, N.J. The prominent Florida eye doctor, convicted of defrauding Medicare out of $73 million, got out of prison early on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, after former President Donald Trump commuted his sentence just hours before his term ended. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

(AP) — A prominent Florida eye doctor convicted of defrauding Medicare out of $73 million has been released from prison early.

Former President Donald Trump commuted Salomon Melgen’s sentence just hours before the president’s term ended. Melgen was serving 17 years at a Miami prison. In 2017, he was convicted in West Palm Beach federal court on 67 counts.

The crimes included health care fraud, submitting false claims and falsifying patient records. A federal jury in New Jersey failed to reach a verdict later that year on charges that Melgen provided bribery gifts to Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey. A mistrial was declared in that case.

 

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