Florida doctor linked to U.S. senator pleads not guilty to Medicare fraud

April 16, 2015 3:30 PM

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Florida doctor linked to U.S. senator pleads not guilty to Medicare fraud

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida ophthalmologist accused of giving lavish gifts to U.S. Senator Robert Menendez in a corruption scandal that led to criminal charges against the New Jersey Democrat pleaded not guilty on Thursday in federal court to Medicare fraud charges.

Salomon Melgen faces 76 counts of Medicare fraud and falsifying medical records, for which he has been jailed in southern Florida since his indictment on Tuesday.

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