Eye Doc Blasts Feds' Loss Calculations Before Sentencing

Counsel for a politically connected Florida ophthalmologist convicted of overbilling Medicare by $32 million urged a district court to toss the government's loss calculations Thursday as the sides made final arguments before sentencing, suggesting prosecutors have met the burden of proof for only $64,000 in false claims.

The government is seeking a 30-year prison term for Dr. Salomon Melgen, 63, who during the alleged scheme was the highest-billing ophthalmologist to the Medicare program by far, and one of the highest of all health care providers, according...

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