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  • Sen. Menendez Ally Dr. Salomon Melgen Found Guilty on All 67 Counts of Medicare Fraud

    04/28/2017 8:35:52 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 35 replies
    Bretbart.com ^ | 28 Apr 2017 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Update: The Palm Beach Post just reported Melgen was convicted of all 67 counts. “A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez,” the Associated Press reported on Friday afternoon: Jurors announced their verdict Friday for Dr. Salomon Melgen. He effectively faces a life sentence if no deal is struck. Menendez denies any wrongdoing. Prosecutors contended that the 62-year-old Melgen stole up to $105 million from the federal insurance program between 2008 and...
  • Court refuses to drop corruption charges against Menendez

    07/29/2016 11:30:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 29, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    A federal appeals court on Friday refused to drop corruption charges against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), according to The Associated Press. Menendez's attorneys had argued that his actions on behalf of a campaign donor were protected because he's a sitting senator, but the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed. Prosecutors allege that Menendez received bribes from Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist and wealthy Florida donor, in the form of campaign donations and extravagant gifts. In return, Menendez allegedly set up meetings with government officials to arrange favors for Melgen. Both men pleaded not guilty last year. In February, Menendez’s...
  • Menendez Shameless But Indictment Looms

    01/04/2016 10:08:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 3, 2016 | Peter Flaherty
    In a headline today NJ.com asks the question, "How has Menendez Indictment Affected His Senate Duties?" The story details how Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is acting if nothing is wrong, and quotesNLPC Chairman (not executive director) Ken Boehm: A leading Menendez critic said he had no problem with the senator's efforts to carry on as if he did not face criminal charges. "Defendants can act anyway they want," said Ken Boehm, executive director of the National Legal and Policy Center, a Falls Church, Va.-based watchdog group. "I take almost an attitude of, 'It's a free country, he's a free...
  • WSJ Editorial Wrong About Menendez Indictment

    05/15/2015 9:13:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 15, 2015 | Peter Flaherty
    It’s been almost a month since the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial titled “The Menendez Indictment.” We responded in a letter to the editor that has not been published. It’s a safe bet it never will be, so we post it here. The Journal got to the point in its opening paragraph: Ill-defined federal laws now reach into virtually every sphere of human behavior, and thus prosecutors can destroy almost anyone they choose. The recent indictment of Senator Robert Menendez on 14 counts of corruption and “honest services” fraud is a troubling case in point that deserves more...
  • Malkin: SleazeBob Menendez's 36DD Visa Program

    04/21/2015 5:18:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 22, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    America has an alphabet soup of visa programs for foreigners to choose from: B-1 for business visitors, B-2 for tourists, EB-5 for investors, F-1 for students, and so on. All are overwhelmed, loosely monitored and riddled with fraud and corruption. According to the recently unsealed federal indictment against him, sleazy Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., took it upon himself to add his own very special, crooked path to the U.S. Call it the 36DD Visa. The New York Post recounted this weekend how Menendez and his staff pressured the State Department to expedite the foreign tourist and student visa approval processes...
  • Obama’s Justice Department Charges Menendez … But Not Reid

    04/03/2015 2:31:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 3, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The Obama Justice Department has filed its much anticipated corruption indictment against Senator Robert Menendez. He is the New Jersey Democrat who, from his powerful senior seat on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, has vehemently opposed President Obama’s negotiations with the jihadist regime in Iran, as well as his outreach to Castro’s Cuba. Two things about the Obama administration cannot be denied. First, the president is desperate to cut a deal with the mullahs on their nuclear program, so much so that he has erased virtually every red line he ever purported to draw and has not been shy about...
  • Indictment Puts Harry Reid at Center of Menendez Effort to Intervene With HHS on Behalf of Donor

    04/02/2015 11:38:03 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/02/2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plays a key role in the corruption indictment of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), handed down by a Newark, New Jersey grand jury. Reid’s involvement centers around efforts by Menendez to intervene with Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius on behalf of his friend and donor Dr. Salomon Melgen in an $8.9 million Medicare billing dispute.The 68-page indictment devotes a full 8 pages to a section entitled “After MELGEN Receives More Unfavorable Rulings, MENENDEZ Enlists the Office of the Senate Majority Leader to Assist MELGEN in His Medicare Billing Dispute.”
  • Taking the Bait on Menendez Story

    03/09/2015 11:36:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    NLPC ^ | March 9, 2015 | Peter Flaherty
    Commentators on both the Left and the Right are suggesting that the impending indictment of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is retribution against Menendez for his recent criticisms of Obama administration foreign policy. While we concur that almost everything that Attorney General Eric Holder does is tainted by politics, a few points about the Menendez case are in order: 1) The reported charges against Menendez, that he tried to interfere with a Medicare fraud investigation of his largest donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, and that he went to bat for Melgen in the Dominican Republic port security deal, were not cooked...
  • Menendez Tries to Blame Castro For Ethics Woes

    07/09/2014 11:53:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | July 9, 2014 | Ken Boehm
    Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is claiming that Cuban intelligence operatives may have planted reports that he patronized underage prostitutes. According to a Washington Post story on Monday by Carol Leonnig and Manuel Roig-Franzia: The alleged Cuba connection was laid out in an intelligence report provided last year to U.S. government officials and sent by secure cable to the FBI's counterintelligence division, according to the former official and a second person with close ties to Menendez who had been briefed on the matter. The Post apparently did not have a copy of the "report," nor could it verify its existence. To...
  • (Florida) Doctor With Big Medicare Billings Is No Stranger to Scrutiny (NJ Sen Menendez' donor/pal)

    04/09/2014 5:48:45 AM PDT · by Liz · 20 replies
    The South Fla doctor who billed Medicare for $21 million in 2012 alone, is a generous political donor to NJ Sen Robert Menendez, now under investigation by federal public corruption prosecutors. The millionaire surgeon, lives luxuriously in North Palm Beach, Fla, and travels by private jet, to his luxe villa in the Dominican Republic. Menendez took free rides on the doctor’s private jet and stayed at his luxury resort villa in the Dominican Republic. The senator was forced to pay back the cost of the travel under scrutiny. Melgen donated over $700,000 to Menendez's PAC......Menendez made calls on the Melgen’s...
  • Grand jury investigating Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), people familiar with probe say

    03/14/2013 7:33:22 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 14, 2013 | Carol D. Leonnig and Peter Wallsten
    A federal grand jury in Miami is investigating Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), examining his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, according to three people aware of the probe. Menendez has intervened in matters affecting the financial interests of Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, seeking to apply pressure on the Dominican government to honor a contract with Melgen’s port security company, documents and interviews show. Also, Menendez’s office has acknowledged he interceded with federal health-care officials after they said that Melgen had overbilled the U.S. government for care at his clinic.
  • New York Times Came to Us For Info on Menendez, Not The Other Way Around

    02/17/2013 1:18:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 17, 2013 | Peter Flaherty
    The New York Times has an article today titled, "Inquiry of Democratic Senator Started With Partisan Push." The story by Eric Lipton describes our success in getting media coverage for our original research about Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and his relationship with a major donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen. Lipton then states that to Menendez and his staff our work is "proof that the news media frenzy focusing on his actions to help a Florida eye doctor is at least in part a political smear." The only problem with this story line is that that New York Times approached us shortly...
  • Menendez Visited Donor's Dominican Resort Home in 2006 (did not disclose)

    02/12/2013 8:23:37 AM PST · by Liz · 14 replies
    DAILY CALLER (posted on Fox News) ^ | 2/12/13 | David Martosko, Executive Editor, The Daily Caller
    Embattled New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez visited the swanky Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic in August 2006 and stayed at Dr. Salomon Melgen's posh villa, according to an interview Menendez gave (in Spanish) with the Dominican daily Listin Diario. The news report Aug. 22, 2006 included a photo of Menendez, with the caption: “Bob Menéndez, the senator from New Jersey, gave an interview to Listin Diario at the residence of the Dominican doctor Salomón Melgen, at Casa de Campo, La Romana.” Menendez has only acknowledged visiting Melgen’s villa on three occasions, all in 2010. He paid Melgen...
  • Menendez Backed Donor on Port Security Plan

    02/11/2013 2:48:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/10/13 | ERIC LIPTON, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez sought to discourage any plan by the United States government to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the advanced screening gear might undermine efforts by a private company — run by a major campaign contributor and friend of his — to do the work. **SNIP** But the questions about the port security contract are potentially more troubling for Mr. Menendez, who is already facing questions over his fitness for the Foreign Relations Committee chairmanship, because the contract involved a foreign policy concern: curbing the flow of cocaine to the United...
  • The real Robert Menendez scandal emerging

    02/11/2013 10:11:36 AM PST · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Posted by William A. Jacobson Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:30am
    It’s not just about Dominican prostitutes (which he still denies). It’s about questionable business connections, as reported by Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart.com, The Corrupt Origins of the Melgen-Menendez Dominican Port Security Deal:
  • Sen. Menendez defends his relationship with political donor Melgen

    02/09/2013 7:33:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/08/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) defended his relationship with Florida doctor and political donor Salomon Melgen in an interview with Univision on Friday, saying he didn’t do anything on his friend’s behalf that he doesn’t regularly do for others. Melgen, a close friend of Menendez’s, reportedly overbilled the U.S. government by almost $9 million in Medicare payments, inviting a federal audit. Menendez acknowledged contacting officials to complain that the Medicare billing rules were unclear, but the senator denied that his close ties to Melgen had anything to do with him raising the issue. “The fact that someone is a donor does...
  • NY TIMES ON MENENDEZ: REID 'NEEDS TO REMOVE HIS GAVEL'

    02/09/2013 5:22:09 AM PST · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    The New York Times has called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to remove New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez from his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Under the editorial headline “Mr. Menendez’s Ethics Problem,” the newspaper said Menendez “was never a distinguished choice for chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the position he ascended to this month by virtue of seniority.” “Concerns about that quality gap have sharply escalated amid new disclosures about Mr. Menendez’s use of his position to advance the financial interests of a friend and big donor,” the Times wrote. “Instead of trying...
  • The Company Sen. Bob Menendez Keeps

    02/07/2013 5:00:20 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    GOP USA ^ | February 6, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Put on your shocked faces: Since my bipartisan call last week for Democratic women to join the Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob movement, not a single Democratic woman in Washington has signed up. Here's the thing. The brewing scandal involving N.J. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is not just a "sex scandal." It's a crony corruption scandal of sordid, soap operatic proportions. Maybe if Menendez were a contestant on "The Bachelor," he'd finally command more widespread female attention. For their part, the Democratic women on Capitol Hill seem as uninterested in the alleged...
  • Harvard, Yale Have No Record of Dr. Salomon Melgen Attending, Despite His Claims (Menendez pal)

    02/07/2013 5:14:03 AM PST · by Liz · 31 replies
    Contrary to his website and resume, big-name institutions including Harvard, Yale and the University of Missouri have claimed they have no record of professional or educational history with Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, MD, who is under two separate federal investigations for Medicare fraud and a political scandal involving a Democratic senator, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon. Dr. Melgen's biography (pdf LINK) on his website claims he graduated from Harvard, was the chief resident of ophthalmology at the University of Missouri, and held a Yale internship, but all three denied any record to support his credentials, according...
  • Sen. Menendez Denial on Permuy is 'Howler of the Day'

    02/06/2013 2:38:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 6, 2013 | Peter Flaherty
    Yesterday, NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm questioned Senator Robert Menendez' veracity after his office claimed that he did not know that his ex-aide Pedro Pablo Permuy (in photo) was involved with ICCSI, a company partly owned by his mega-donor Salomon Melgen. Menendez sought to pressure administration officials to support a contract for port security in the Dominican Republic that would have provided a windfall for Melgen. In a Miami Herald story today , Marc Caputo reports: Sen. Bob Menendez's ties to a former Miami aide who could benefit from a controversial overseas port contract, which the Democrat pushed for, extend to...