Government prosecutors in the federal corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) called retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa to the stand yesterday. Harkin was asked to describe a meeting he had with Menendez and the senator’s friend and co-defendant Dr. Salomon Melgen.
Medicare said Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, overbilled them in 2007 and 2008 by $8.9 million. When the program demanded money back, Menendez set up a meeting with Harkin and brought Melgen.
While Harkin recalled meeting with both men, he neither asked any favors from him.
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