Dr. Salomon Melgen: FBI raids doctor's West Palm Beach office
WPTV Web Team
10:52 AM, Oct 22, 2013
6:32 PM, Oct 22, 2013
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The FBI has raided a Palm Beach County doctor's office.
Agents served a search warrant at
Dr. Salomon Melgen's office in the 2500 block of Metro Centre Blvd. They have taped off the office's parking lot, and several boxes were seen stacked outside.
Members of the Health and Human Services Department are also on the scene.
Arriving patients were told their appointments were canceled.
The FBI raided the same office in January. At that time the
Miami Herald reported that Dr. Melgen had an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million for taxes owed from 2006 to 2009.
The Palm Beach Post reported at the time that the eye doctor had invested and sometimes lost millions of dollars over the years on various investments.
Politico.com reported Melgen had given $700,000 to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez and other Democratic politicians.
It's not clear why the FBI was back at Dr. Melgen's office Tuesday.
Matthew I. Menchel, the attorney for Dr. Salomon Melgen, released this statement:
Dr. Melgen has fully cooperated with the government in this matter. Dr. Melgen has made all 30 of his employees available for interviews over 8 months ago. Dr. Melgen has voluntarily given every record the government ever requested from all 4 of his offices
Unfortunately, today's actions by the FBI are yet another in a series of inappropriate, overreaching steps taken by the government in their campaign against Dr. Melgen, his medical practice and his reputation.
On August 2, 2013, Dr. Melgen sued the United States in federal court in Miami for payment related to his Medicare claims. Three weeks after the case was filed, the government sought to suspend Medicare payments to Dr. Melgen. Instead of responding to the case, the United States sought a two month extension. In denying the government's request, the federal court ordered the United States to respond by October 25.
On October 18, 2013, last Friday, Dr. Melgen filed a motion seeking an injunction to stop the government from trying to suspend his Medicare payments.
While we believe that today's intrusion was in retaliation and there was no legitimate need for the search, the FBI's actions will not prevent Dr. Melgen from continuing his full cooperation with the government.