Rumor: Senator linked to underage prostitutes

FBI agents raided the office of a doctor suspected of providing prostitutes to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez

UNCONFIRMED: That the New Jersey senator had relations with underage prostitutes

FBI agents raided the Florida business of an eye doctor suspected of providing underage prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. according to The Miami Herald.

Agents entered the office of Dr. Salomon Melgen and took away potential evidence in vans, the source reported.

The investigation is believed be connected to Melgen’s finances and allegations concerning Menendez.

A spokesman for Menendez could not be reached for comment, nor could Melgen, the source said.

Records filed with the Palm Beach County recorder’s office show Melgen has an outstanding IRS lien of $11.1 million for taxes owed from 2006 to 2009, the source said.

The website Daily Caller first brought light to the allegations right before the November elections when it interviewed two alleged prostitutes who said they had relations with Menedez at Melgen’s Dominican Republic mansion.

Just as Menendez was about to take over as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, emails between a Miami FBI agent and a tipster were leaked to reporters, according to the Daily Caller. The tipster claimed that some of the prostitutes Menedez had been with had been underage, the source said.

D.C.-based news site Roll Call reported Menendez's office released a statement Wednesday saying the accusations made about him were "manufactured by a politically-motivated right-wing blog and are false.”

“Dr. Melgen has been a friend and political supporter of Senator Menendez for many years," the statement read. "Senator Menendez has traveled on Dr. Melgen’s plane on three occasions, all of which have been paid for and reported appropriately."

The FBI would not comment on the emails, The Miami Herald reported.

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