Bond granted for release of doctor linked to Sen. Menendez

A federal judge has approved bond to allow the release of a Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Hopkins agreed Thursday to an $18 million bond package and other terms surrounding Dr. Salomon Melgen’s release from jail.

Melgen has been held more than 11 weeks since his arrest in a sweeping Medicare fraud case. It is separate from the case he faces with Menendez in New Jersey.

The eye surgeon will await trial under home detention with electronic monitoring. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

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