Dr. Salomon Melgen
The Florida doctor charged in a corruption case along with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) was indicted in his home state Tuesday in a 76-count Medicare fraud scheme.
Menendez was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.
Menendez had been under investigation for his relationship with South Florida eye doctor and top campaign donor Salomon Melgen.
Attorney General Eric Holder has approved prosecutors’ request to move forward with the charges, CBS News reported.
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez may be making an unanticipated trip to the Dominican Republic. A judge wants to hear from him about a prostitute’s statement that she was paid to falsely claim she had sex with him.
The disclosure reflects the latest intersection between the New Jersey Democrat who is the subject of an ethics inquiry on Capitol Hill and the Florida doctor involved in a federal criminal investigation.
Menendez met with reporters Monday evening for the first time since the allegations spread after the FBI last week raided the offices of a Florida ophthalmologist, Dr. Salomon Melgen.
A conservative website — The Daily Caller — posted interviews with two prostitutes who claim Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex in the Dominican Republic.