BY BUDDY NEVINS
Alan Mendelsohn, a Hollywood eye doctor who was once one of Florida’s biggest GOP fund raisers, has been arrested on charges connected with the Mutual Benefits insurance scam.
He is charged with an eye-popping (I couldn’t help myself) 27 counts of wire and mail fraud and five counts of lying to federal agents.
Mendelsohn is alleged to have used false solicitations to raise some of the $2 million in political contributions he collected over the past decade. He is charged with falsely claiming he had brokered a deal to stop the investigation into Mutual Benefits, a multi-million dollars insurance Ponzi scheme.
This comes from Jay Weaver at The Miami Herald.
Weaver says the charges relate to Mendelsohn’s alleged efforts “to thwart a 2000-05 state investigation into Mutual Benefits Corp., a Fort Lauderdale life insurance company.”
The Herald story is here.
I’ve known Mendelsohn, 51, for years. He is my opthomologist and was a source when I worked for the Sun-Sentinel.
He used to be part of a large practice, but in the past several years opened his own office at 4651 Sheridan Street called Eye Surgeons & Consultants. He is a specialist in cataract and corneal surgery
The feds say several public officials remain under investigation. Other well-known figures in Broward have been cooporating with federal agents in the investigation of Mutual Benefits.