- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez can be released from jail while awaiting trial for alleged Medicare fraud.

The judge in West Palm Beach ordered that 61-year-old Salomon Melgen be placed on house arrest and pledge substantial assets to secure his release. A magistrate will set the amount. He was previously to be held until his trial.

The Palm Beach Post (https://goo.gl/ztTTJh ) reports that Melgen won’t be allowed to stay at his $2.3 million waterfront mansion with a 240-foot dock.

A 76-count indictment claims Melgen falsely diagnosed patients with eye conditions and performed unnecessary procedures. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges, as well as to those in the New Jersey case, in which he’s accused of swapping donations and vacations for favors from Menendez.

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