Let’s talk about Dr. Salomon Melgen, shall we? We now know that the jet-setting Florida eye doctor who flew the beleaguered Senator Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) to several alleged sex romps in the Dominican Republic also overbilled the government by $8.9 million for care at his clinic. That’s according to Menendez’s own aides. They acknowledged last week that their boss met with federal health bureaucrats at least twice to lobby on Melgen’s behalf.
“Federal investigators and health-care auditors have had concerns about Melgen’s billing practices at various times over the past decade,” according to two former federal officials who spoke to the Washington Post. “In part, they have examined the volume of eye injections, surgeries and laser treatments performed at his West Palm Beach clinic.”
Now, brace yourself. A Menendez aide says that when Senator Sleaze-Bob intervened, he didn’t know nuttin’ about Melgen’s being under investigation. Just as he didn’t know nuttin’ about his longtime aide’s working for Melgen’s port-security firm in the Dominican Republic, on whose behalf Senator Sleaze-Bob also intervened.
And just as he didn’t know nuttin’ about yet another ride on Melgen’s plane in 2008 (exposed this week by the conservative Daily Caller), which he forgot to disclose to the Senate.