Pro­fes­sor: Bad math led to $100 mil­lion Medi­care fraud tally

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. » At­tor­neys for a prom­i­nent Florida eye doc­tor used a statis­ti­cian to chal­lenge the govern­ment’s as­ser­tion that he stole $100 mil­lion from the fed­eral Med­i­caid pro­gram.

The amount Dr. Salomon Mel­gen stole will help de­ter­mine the length of his sen­tence. The govern­ment said its es­ti­mate is based on a ran­dom sam­ple of 310 pa­tients.

But Univer­sity of North Florida

math pro­fes­sor Donna Mohr tes­ti­fied Wed­nes­day the sam­ple wasn’t ran­dom, mak­ing the ex­trap­o­la­tion faulty.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Ken­neth Marra didn’t say whether he will ac­cept Mohr’s tes­ti­mony.

He is ex­pected to sen­tence Mel­gen on Thurs­day af­ter both sides make ar­gu­ments. The 63-year-old Mel­gen could get life; his lawyers want less than 10 years.

He is sep­a­rately charged with brib­ing New Jer­sey Demo­cratic Sen. Bob Me­nen­dez.

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