This week, it was announced that a South Florida doctor had been sentenced to prison for his involvement in a Medicare fraud scheme. Salomon Melgen was sentenced to 17 years in prison and three years of supervised years. The sentence comes after a multi-year investigation and an eight-week jury trial in April of 2017. That trial resulted in Melgen being convicted on 67 counts of health care fraud and related charges.
Melgen served as an ophthalmologist specializing in the treatment of retinal disorders. He practiced in the Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties for many years, until he was arrested in 2015. The defendant engaged in a scheme to defraud the Medicare program and other health care benefits programs. He did so by falsely diagnosing Medicare patients with macular degeneration and then performing and billing for excessive and unnecessary tests and procedures.
This included the injections of expensive drugs and laser treatments. As a result, Melgen received tens of millions of dollars in reimbursement from the Medicare program alone from January 2008 through December 2013. During sentencing, Judge Marra concluded that the intended fraud loss was over $70 million. Medicare sustained a loss of $42 million. The defendant has been ordered to make full restitution to Medicare.
Again, Doctor Salomon Melgen has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. Further details can be found here.