From Russia with love: The Menendez trial will rival anything going on in Washington | Mulshine
Let us turn away for a moment from the great show going on in Washington and look for a moment at a show taking place in Newark.
That's the Bob Menendez show.
Our senior senator is about to go on trial on corruption charges in a case that has a little bit of everything that makes life in this democracy so fascinating: parties in the tropics, a mysterious and beautiful Russian woman named Svitlana, and a big dose of Palm Beach high life.
That life was led by Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor who is truly larger than life.
Unfortunately, the bills he submitted to Medicare were also larger than life. In April, he was convicted by a jury in Palm Beach on 67 counts stemming from his practice of billing Medicare for as much as $20 million a year for some highly questionable treatments.
The 67-year-old Melgen is due to be sentenced on Aug. 11 to a prison term that might amount to a life sentence. He could get even more time if he's found guilty in the Sept. 6 trial in Newark, in which he is a co-defendant with the senator.
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