UPDATE 1-Florida doctor in NJ political corruption scandal to fight new Medicare fraud charges -lawyer

April 15, 2015 10:24 PM

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 15 (Reuters) - A Florida ophthalmologist accused of showering New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez with gifts in exchange for help on Medicare disputes plans to fight new federal charges of fraud related to millions in Medicare payments, his attorney said on Wednesday.

An arraignment hearing in the Medicare fraud case was continued to Thursday after Salomon Melgen appeared briefly in Florida federal court on Wednesday morning wearing handcuffs and disheveled in a blue jumpsuit.

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