The Justice Department will accuse Senator Robert Menedez of criminal corruption

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 11:15am


What happened?
The U.S. Department of Justice said that it is going to accuse Senator Robert Menendez.
They are going to charge him with corruption.
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They have been investigating him for more than two years.
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They will charge him in about two weeks.
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Who is Menendez?
Robert Menendez is a senator from New Jersey.
He is a Democrat.
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He has been in Congress for more than 20 years.
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He is the son of Cuban immigrants.
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He was one of the few Democrats who criticized Obama for establishing relations with Cuba.
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It vindicates the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.
Robert Menendez, Senator from New Jersey
What does the Justice Department say that Menendez did?
Salomon Melgen is a opthamologist. He is also a businessman.
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He runs eye clinics in Florida.
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He is a friend of Menendez. He also donated money to Menendez.
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The Justice Department says that Menendez used his power as a senator to benefit Salomon Melgen.
Melgen and Medicare and Medicaid billing
Melgen had been accused of billing the government too much for Medicare and Medicaid services.
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The government said that Melgen had billed $8.9 million too much at one of his clinics.
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Twice, in 2009 and 2012, Menendez tried to help Melgen by telling officials that they were being unfair.
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Menendez says that he said they were being unfair to all doctors, not just Melgen.
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Melgen and the port investment in the Dominican Republic
Melgen was the chief investor in a company that wanted to provide security for a port in the Dominican Republic.
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The U.S. government was planning on giving security equipment to the port.
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This would have hurt Melgen's business.
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In 2012, Melgen donated $700,000 to help Menendez and other Democrats.
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Melgen's staff then tried to tell the U.S. government not to provide the equipment to the Dominican Republic.
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What does Menendez say?
I have always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law
Robert Menendez, Senator from New Jersey
"I am not going anywhere." -- Menendez
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You can watch Menendez's statement here.