Florida eye doctor linked to Sen. Bob Menendez, Salomon Melgen, found guilty of Medicare fraud

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -

A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial.

Jurors announced their verdict Friday for Dr. Salomon Melgen. He effectively faces a life sentence if no deal is struck.

Prosecutors contended that the 62-year-old Melgen stole up to $105 million from the federal insurance program between 2008 and 2013, by giving patients treatments and tests that couldn't help them.

Melgen's attorneys argued that any billing issues were simply mistakes.

The doctor has ties to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.

Melgen and Menendez face a joint trial in the fall in New Jersey on charges the doctor bribed the senator to get help on a variety of issues.

Menendez denies any wrongdoing.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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