Menendez buddy with questionable claims at Harvard, Yale

Washington Free Beacon:
A controversial donor with ties to prominent Democrats who is under investigation by the FBI may not have the qualifications he claims.

The resume of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida-based ophthalmologist and controversial Democratic donor, boasts medical education and experience at Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Missouri.

But none of those schools says it can find any record of Melgen, who claims to be a Harvard alumnus, the former chief resident of the University of Missouri’s ophthalmology department, and a former Yale intern.

Melgen is at the center of a Senate panel probing potential ethics violations by Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), who may have used his official position to benefit Melgen, a major campaign contributor.

Menendez is also under scrutiny for failing to disclose his use of Melgen’s private jet to take trips to the Dominican Republic in 2010. Menendez denied wrongdoing but in January of this year wrote Melgen a personal check for $58,500 to cover the cost of the flights.

Additionally, federal agents raided Melgen’s office as part of a Medicare fraud investigation last week.

Questions concerning Melgen’s background are also coming to light. According to his biography, posted on the website of the Melgen Eye Center, he was the University of Missouri’s chief ophthalmology resident. The university, though, says it has no record of any resident by that name.
He apparently donated to other prominent Democrats.  It appears his empire is unraveling which can only mean more embarrassing questions for Sen. Menendez and other Democrats.  It will also be hard for him to testify on Menendez's part without having his credibility questioned.  The FBI may find other issues in the course of its investigation.  The hookers may be the ones with the most credibility before  this case is resolved.


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