To im­port rich donor’s babes

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— who was then 20 — is a stu­dent and “a fa­mous per­son in Spain” as the face of a TV net­work and won’t over­stay her visa.

“Dr. Mel­gen is a per­son of the high­est cal­iber,” Me­nen­dez writes in the Fe­bru­ary 2007 ap­peal. “He is a fine cit­i­zen and held in high es­teem by his peers.”

A week later, the uniden­ti­fied woman got her visa and trav­eled to Florida, where she stayed in a Mel­gen­owned apart­ment in Palm Beach. She joined Mel­gen and Me­nen­dez for din­ner at Azul, a restau­rant in Miami’s Man­darin Ho­tel. Mel­gen in­tro­duced his lover to the se­na­tor and told her Me­nen­dez helped to get her visa, pros­e­cu­tors con­tend.

Mel­gen has been linked to Svit­lana Buchyk — a 28­year­old Ukrainian model who lived in Spain be­fore mov­ing to Florida.

Buchyk was living in a condo rented byy Mel­geng on Singerg Is­ land north of Palm Beach in 2009 when she be­came em­broiled in a dis­pute be­cause her name wasn’t on the lease. Buchyk listed her ad­dress as Mel­gen’s West Palm Beach of­fice, ac­cord­ing to a traf­fic ticket she re­ceived that same year for driv­ing with win­dows that were tinted too dark.

On ad­di­tional traf­fic tick­ets from 2010 and 2011, Buchyk’s ad­dress is a North Palm Beach home owned by Mel­gen.

Buchyk told the Miami Her­ald in 2013 that she worked for Mel­gen in the past and that he was “an amaz­ing per­son.”

“He treated me very well,” she told the pa­per. “He had money.”

Buchyk now uses the name Lana Moyzuk and lives in Los An­ge­les. In a bio on her Web site, she con­tends she didn’t come to the United States un­til 2011.

Buchyk has bounced from apart­ment to apart­ment in the past few months.

“We didn’t see her much, but she stuck out,” said Ju­lia Her­nan­dez, a neigh­bor of the Span­ish­style bun­ga­low Buchyk briefly rented in North Hol­ly­wood.

Gerald Green­berg, a lawyer for Buchyk, said she and Mel­gen were friends but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

MTHE DO­MINI­CAN ENENDEZ and his staffers went to the great­est lengths to ob­tain visas for a 22­yearold Do­mini­can woman — iden­ti­fied by pros­e­cu­tors as “Girl­friend 2”— and her 18­year­old sis­ter, who wanted to visit Mel­gen around Christ­mas in 2008.

The doc­tor wrote to the US Em­ bassy in Santo Domingo on Oct. 13, 2008, as­sur­ing of­fi­cials he would cover ex­penses for the sis­ters and that they would re­turn home. That same day, he asked Me­nen­dez to fol­low up with the em­bassy in or­der to “move the let­ter along.”

Me­nen­dez passed on the re­quest to Lopes, his se­nior for­eign­pol­icy ad­viser whose ac­tual du­ties in­cluded rep­re­sent­ing Me­nen­dez on the Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee. The staffers drafted a let­ter from Me­nen­dez to the con­sul gen­eral and asked that the sis­ters’ ap­pli­ca­tions be given “all due con­sid­er­a­tion.”

The se­na­tor told Lopes to not only send the let­ter, but to call “if nec­es­sary.” But af­ter their in­ter­view, an em­bassy em­ployee de­nied the visas for the sis­ters, say­ing that nei­ther was work­ing and had “no sol­vency of their own.”

When Me­nen­dez learned of the de­nial, he told Lopes: “I would like to call [the] am­bas­sador to­mor­row and get a re­con­sid­er­a­tion or pos­si­bly our con­tact at State.”

An un­named high­rank­ing State Depart­ment of­fi­cial wrote to Me­nen­dez that he agreed with the re­jec­tion, say­ing the sis­ters had not been con­vinc­ing about their even­tual re­turn to their home coun­try. But a few weeks later, the State Depart­ment de­cided to re­in­ter­view the women and they were granted visas.

When the ap­proval fi­nally came, Lopes wrote in an e­mail to a col­league that it was “ONLY DUE to the fact that RM in­ter­vened.”

Lopes re­fused to com­ment.

SEN. ROBERT ME­NEN­DEZ Helped donor with girl prob­lems.

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