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Still no verdict in eye doctor’s $105M Medicare fraud case

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal jury in South Florida still doesn’t have a verdict after two days of deliberations in the Medicare fraud trial of a prominent eye doctor, who separately is accused of bribing a U.S. senator.

Jurors in West Palm Beach will continue deliberating Friday in the case of Dr. Salomon Melgen. The panel began deliberations Wednesday following a two-month trial.

Prosecutors say Melgen stole up to $105 million from Medicare between 2008 and 2013, giving patients treatments and tests that couldn’t help them. Melgen’s attorneys contend any billing issues were simply mistakes. They say he’s a good doctor who aggressively treated patients in attempts to save their sight.

Separately, federal prosecutors in New Jersey say Melgen bribed Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez. Melgen has pleaded not guilty in that case.

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