Skip to comments.Harvard, Yale Have No Record of Dr. Salomon Melgen Attending, Despite His Claims (Menendez pal)
Posted on 02/07/2013 5:14:03 AM PST by Liz
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 to the report.
Dr. Melgen, an active fundraiser for the Democratic Party, is under fire after it was discovered that he and his cousin, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D- N.J.), improperly reported frequent trips to the Dominican Republic, and allegedly hired underage Dominican prostitutes for sex parties.
Which GOP bigwig is gunning for Menendez’s seat?
Meglen has zero experience in port security. But Menendez used a Senate hearing last summer to lobby for enforcement of the contract Melgens company has with the Dominican government. Menendez also met w/ Obama State and Commerce dept officials, though he was careful not to mention Melgen by name.
Meglen announced that one of Menendezs longtime senior legislative aides, Pedro Pablo Permuy, will be in charge of operations, according to Melgens cousin and legal mouthpiece Vinicio Castillo Seman. The contract is estimated to be worth up to $1 billion over the next 20 years, according to The Miami Herald.
Know-nothing Menendez denies any knowledge of his veteran aides involvement with the company, of course. Or rather, his lips have issued another in a long line of denials. Wait, theres more.
While Melgen shelled out millions to Menendez and the Democratic Party over the years, he is a serial tax evader. The jet-setting doc incurred liens of $1.3 million before 2002, $6.2 million in 2011, and a still outstanding $11.1 million lien between 2006-09.
FBI and HHS are now sifting through boxes of documents carted away during last weeks raid of Melgens offices WRT Medicare fraud. The feds finally acted after a document shredding truck was spotted outside Melgens clinic.
So far, the magical D after Sen. Sleaze-Bobs name has conferred supernatural immunity upon him. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stubbornly clung to his assertion this week that his friend Menendez did nothing wrong. But the mountains of Things Menendez Should Have Known But Conveniently Overlooked and Things Menendez Should Have Done But Conveniently Forgot just keep growing.
Why does anyone think they can get away with lies like this now that almost all records are searchable? Years ago I worked with a guy who claimed he had taught at Harvard. He got away with for years until it finally came out that he had once been a sixth grade teacher in the little town of Harvard Massachusetts.
Slightly OT, but if Harvard, Yale and the University of Missouri have no problem verifying Melgen’s claims of association with them, then why do Occidental, Columbia and Harvard have problems addressing similar claims by Obastard? Is it because Melgen has an important role as a Medicare shyster which is obviously much more important than Leader of the Free World?
(a) The DR is an impoverished Caribbean nation notorious for corrupt governments and strong-arm dictators.
(b) Despite US politicans' fondness for the "amenities" at its numerous posh resorts (incuding the lavish Casa de Campo owned by the Fanjuls--sugar billionaires), and US celebrities relaxing at posh villas spending big bucks there, the DR has no safety net or state- sponsored job creation for its largely impoverished citizenry.
(c) The one million Dominican citizens currently living in the US send home about a billion dollars annually---which is considered by the corrupt do-nothing DR govt to be a major source of state revenue.
(d) A steady exodus leaves for US shores lured by the endless US gravy train---encouraged by the DR govt---and the prospect of millions more sent back home.
(e) Sen Menendez's business partners in the Dominican govt have cunnningly figured out the financial benefits to be derived from amnesty---establishing a permanent Dem majority of Third World "pressure groups" exchanging votes for foreign aid.
IMPOVERISHED COUNTRIES W/ CITIZENS IN THE US: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico (stateside), Salvador, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela.
WHAT IS THE DOLLAR AMT OF REVENUE FOREIGN GOVTS ARE RECEIVING FROM THEIR LOYALISTS LIVING OFF US TAXPAYERS?
WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF FOREIGN FINANCIAL DEALS US politicians will exchange for yes votes on amnesty?
The National Association of Latino Electoral and Appointed Officials, La Raza, Voto Latino, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, etc, (all pushing free-for-all amnesty) need to come clean WRT sub rosa deals they've made with foreign governments.
I predict this one will grow and force Menendez at very least to resign.
Good post thanks.
My husband uncovered various fraudulant resumes during his career as aa corporate officer, and later as owner of our own business. It’s difficult to get these guys fired because the hiring authorities are always reluctant to admit their mistakes.
My husband even exposed a so-called “expert” witness on the opposing side in a product trial. His company won the case, but the “expert” continued to serve in other trials because nobody was willing to check his credentials and go on the record. It was easily apparant that he did not posess a PhD because he couldn’t do the math! Sounds like half of Congress, doesn’t it?
The rest of the charges could come later as they gather more proof about the extent of his medicare fraud.
I agree with you. This is starting to look very bad for Menendez. I’m hoping when he finally stages his press conference, either Michele Malkin or Liz takes over at the mike. Then I’ll finally say: Breitbart lives!
Senator Menendez, right, and Dr. Salomon E. Melgen,
last February. Meglen is a major Democrat contributor,
partnered w/ Menendez in billion dollar Dominican deal.
There is a strategic opportunity here to gain a Senate seat for the GOP.
If the GOP thought like Dems(remember Jim Jeffords,etc.?), they would work to expose Menendez and build the pressure for his resignation.
Because NJ has a Republican Governor, who then is free to appoint a replacement Senator until an election takes place(ie.e similar to MA where Duval appointed a replacement for Kerry until a new election takes place).
Dems would pull out all the stops if the roles were reversed. Why? Because incremental gains are still gains.
But the GOP will blow this. Christie will appoint a Dem if he gets a chance, all in the name of fairness, and the voters have spoken.
Dems would never allow that to happen.
The GOP should be trying to turn conservative Dem Senators one by one.
But no, it is far more important to wage war on their biggest bloc of support—the Conservatives.
Because once we get rid of those pesky conservatives, the blacks, Asians, and Hispanics are gonna vote for the GOP in droves.
You can't if you are a Republican. If they can't find anything on you, they'll make something up - Bush AWOL story, e.g.
The DBM sent dozens of reporters up to Alaska to sift through Sarah Palin's trash, but are not the least bit interested in Menendez, other than to claim that it's a "vast right wing conspiracy" to quote Shrillary.
hey, it worked for Obama!
Didn’t he share a dorm room with Obama ?
Perhaps he actually is a doctor, but one trained at a lesser-known school. He may be exaggerating his credentials but not entirely faking them.
I don’t know why but none of my friends believe me when I tell them was a Harverd professor and a graduate of Yail. I’m now teaching at Stanferd.
When he has his press conference, hopefully he’ll emulate Bud Dwyer............
Unsaid in all this is the fact that at least a good half of Dominicans living in the US are here illegally! (so, what else is new?)
Hitler is ranting about Menendez ripping him off -
All three denied any record to support his credentials,sounds like he’s onto the Obama gig.
This turkey may have an optometrists degree and bought an ophthalmology degree from a diploma mill.
By Carli Teproff, Marc Caputo and Jay Weaver
Agents with the FBI and HHS continued their search Wednesday of a South Florida eye doctor who last year was accused of providing prostitutes to longtime ally Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat.
Stringing up crime scene tape and using a locksmith, the FBI on Tuesday and Wednesday raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez who has denied what he calls the fallacious allegations.
Agents hauled away boxes and bags of evidence from the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, to start hauling away potential evidence in several vans.
On Wednesday, the FBI agents were joined by an inspector from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, indicating the search-and-seizure raid has ties to a possible $8 million Medicare fraud inquiry.
Amid the suspicious circumstances of the complaints, Democrats have tried to characterize the reports about Menendez and Melgen as a right-wing smear job.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid refused to comment on the possibility of an FBI investigation when he was asked Tuesday about the case.Said Reid: Always consider the source. All anyone here has to look at is the source where this comes from.
But the two-day raid of Menendezs longtime friend shows that an investigation is ongoing. Just after 2:15 p.m. Wednesday FBI and HHS agents began hauling cardboard boxes out of Melgens West Palm Beach 45th Street eye-care center and loading them into a white utility van in front of the office. They were continuing the search that started Tuesday night.
Michael Leverock, spokesman for the FBIs Miami office would not comment on what was being taken out of Vitreo-Retinal Consultants Eye Center or why the FBI was there.We are conducting law enforcement action at this location, said Leverock.
The FBI also searched the eye doctors other clinics, in Delray Beach and Port St. Lucie.
At the scene in West Palm Beach, agents, some from the Office of the Inspector General of the federal Health and Human Services department, formed a single-file line each holding at least one box and rotated back in to get more.As soon as the boxes were loaded, the glass double doors of the eye care center, which were propped open with red poinsettias, were closed. The van remained in front of the eye care center.
Earlier in the day, an agent went to his car to retrieve what looked like a crow bar.
Some time later a locksmith from Pop-A-Lock showed up and was escorted in by an agent /The locksmith came out once to get a drill.
One patient, Anthony Jordan, showed up for fis 2:30 pm appointment and was surprised to find crime scene tape at the clinic site. I wasnt sure if they called and cancelled, he said. Guess I am not having my appointment.
The DR hasn’t had a dictator for more than 50 years. Compared to Mexico’s corruption, the DR is Switzerland.
NOT A RIGHT-WING SMEAR The info offered here comes from a “Dominican Republic travel brochure” right off the book shelf at a BnN bookstore-—advising travelers where to go, what to see, where to stay, and what to expect from the island nation-—including its recent political history.
You and the book area misinformed.
The DR hasnt had a dictator for more than 50 years.
The Menendez/Meglen friendship goes back to the 1990s, when MMenendez entered the House of Representatives in 1993. He began regularly visiting the Dominican Republic---and took refuge there when under press scrutiny here for a Hudson County rental deal gone sour. Menendez freely gave press interviews in Spanish until the furor died down stateside.
Dr. Melgen has a home in Casa de Campo, a gated oceanfront resort where houses cost as much as $20 million and which has been home to some of the countrys richest residents, like Oscar de la Renta. Both enjoyed a good cigar and playing golf; Casa de Campo has several places to play, designed by the renowned course architect Pete Dye.
Dr. Melgen itched to play power broker, and his wife began donating to Mr. Menendezs Congressional campaigns in the late 1990s.....their contributions grew, along with their friendship.
By the time of the 2009-10 election cycle, when Mr. Menendez headed the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Dr. Melgen became an important fund-raiser for the effort. In May 2010, he flew the senator to the Dominican Republic on his private plane and held a fund-raiser at his posh home. He and his wife gave the committee $60,000 and helped raised even more.
Later that summer, Dr. Melgen also flew Mr. Menendez to the Dominican Republic for the two short personal vacations, in August and September. Aides said it was simply because of sloppy paperwork that the senator did not repay Dr. Melgen for plane trips that would have cost $6-7,000on commercial airlines. After reports surfaced, the senator recently sent Dr. Melgens company a check for $58,500.
Also in 2010, Dr. Melgen---witj no port experience--- bought ownership interest in ICSSI, a company based in the DR that had been awarded a govt contract to provide extensive screening of cargo from ports in the Dominican Republic.