Florida Doctor Who Stole $100 Million From Medicare Faces 30 Years In Jail


A politically prominent Florida eye doctor could get more than 30 years in prison for stealing $100 million in one of history's largest Medicare frauds.

A sentencing hearing for Dr. Salomon Melgen resumes Wednesday after a four-week hiatus. 

The judge could potentially hand 63-year-old Melgen a life sentence. Prosecutors are asking for 30 years. Melgen's attorneys want no more than 10.

Melgen was convicted last April of 67 crimes including health care fraud, submitting false claims and falsifying records. 

Prosecutors said Melgen was the nation's highest-paid Medicare provider for five straight years. Melgen allegedly convinced many patients to undergo painful tests and treatments they didn't need for diseases they didn't have.

In a separate case, Melgen is accused of bribing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

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