In October 1998, Dorrejo came to Florida and met Melgen at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Palm Beach County.
“Thereafter, an intimate romantic relationship developed,” the judge wrote.
Then Dorrejo entered into an oral agreement with Vitreo-Retinal Consultants, which was owned and controlled by Melgen.
Melgen’s company had agreed to make a $700,000 loan for Dorrejo’s interest in a franchise retail store in the Dominican Republic.
Melgen acknowledged it was his idea to set up an account with Northern Trust Bank in Palm Beach County because his company had a relationship with that bank.
“Melgen claims that such a large sum of money would not be deposited by a normal person as a gift for a romantic relationship,” the judge wrote.
But Dorrejo claimed that she was not a resident of Florida and doesn’t engage in business in Florida and that “the consideration for the money deposited in Northern Trust Bank was the intimate romantic relationship between Dorrejo and Melgen,” the judge wrote.
Dorrejo told the court that she had not breached any contract and that, “The money bestowed upon her by her lover, Melgen, was without any obligation for repayment” wrote the judge, who granted Dorrejo’s motion to dismiss it.
Dorrejo, who could not be reached for comment on Wednesday, also reported that Melgen owns property in the Dominican Republic and advertises medical services there.
The doctor cuts an impressive figure in the Caribbean island nation.
In 2009, Melgen’s child was married at Santo Domingo’s historic cathedral, the oldest in the Americas, in a ceremony blessed by Dominican Catholic Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López. The wedding was covered by Dominican newspapers, which published photos of the well-heeled guests.
In May 2010, Melgen hosted a dinner honoring Menendez in which he said, “For me, Mr. Menendez is not the leader of the Hispanic-American in the United States, but a leader of Hispanics in all the Americas.’’
Miami Herald staff writers Marc Caputo, Carli Teproff and Jay Weaver contributed to this report. Herald special correspondent Ezra Fieser reported from the Dominican Republic.