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Raided Democratic donor doc ‘acted appropriately at all times,’ lawyer says

by George Bennett | January 31st, 2013

An attorney representing eye doctor and Democratic donor Salomon Melgen says Melgen doesn’t know why FBI agents and federal Health and Human Services agents raided his office in West Palm Beach Tuesday night and Wednesday.

“The government has not informed Dr. Melgen what concerns it may have. We are confident that Dr. Melgen has acted appropriately at all times,” attorney Lawrence Duffy said today via e-mail.

Melgen and family members have given more than $450,000 to federal and state political candidates and committees over the past 20 years, with the bulk of the money going to Democrats. The Center for Responsive Politics has summarized Melgen’s federal contributions here.

Melgen’s links to one politician — New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — have drawn particular attention. The conservative Daily Caller website has published articles that include allegations that Menendez had sex with underage prostitutes after flying to the Dominican Republican on Melgen’s private plane and visiting Melgen’s Casa de Campo home there.

Menendez has emphatically denied the prostitution claims.

It was not clear whether the raid on Melgen’s office had anything to do with Menendez. The presence of agents from HHS could indicate questions about Medicare billing.

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