Melgen Seeks Bond, Appeals Conviction on Charges of Medicare Fraud

March 16, 2018: By Joan McKenna

Salomon Melgen

Former retina specialist Salomon Melgen is seeking bond, pending the appeal of his conviction on charges of Medicare fraud.

Melgen, 63, of Florida, was sentenced Feb. 22 to 17 years in prison and ordered to pay $42.6 million in restitution for misdiagnosing patients with retinal disease and overbilling Medicare.

Melgen on March 8 filed notice to appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit based on evidence discovered after the first trial.

Melgen’s lawyers said the doctor is not a flight risk. Since 2013, the native of the Dominican Republic was aware he was under investigation and never attempted to leave the US, they said.

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