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Svitlana Buchyk: Mystery Woman in Menendez HookerGate Scandal

Posted on | February 4, 2013 | 18 Comments

Matthew Boyle of just published a photo of a woman who reportedly “worked” for Dr. Salomon Melgen, the Palm Beach opthamologist at the center of the scandal surrounding embattled Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). Melgen’s office was raided by the FBI last week, amid accusations that Menendez attended “wild sex parties” with prostitutes during trips to the Dominican Republic provided by Melgen.

The Russian-born woman, Svitlana Buchyk, figures prominently in the prostitution accusations against the scandal-plagued Menendez, who is in line to become chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. Kathleen McGrory and Melissa Sanchez of the Miami Herald reported:

Public records show that a woman named Svitlana Buchyk got into a minor crash while driving a Chevrolet Impala on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables in 2010. The car belonged to Melgen’s wife. Buchyk gave Melgen’s North Palm Beach address as her own.
Buchyk spoke briefly with a Miami Herald reporter by telephone Thursday, saying she had worked for Melgen in the past.
But Buchyk wouldn’t answer questions on the type of work she did, and was eager to defend Melgen — particularly when asked about stories of Melgen’s alleged sexual liaisons with prostitutes.
“He is an amazing person,” she said. “He was always with his family. There is nothing else I can say.”
Buchyk added that many women would have liked to have spent time with her former employer.
“He treated me well,” she said. “He had money. He was very generous.”

The photo published by Boyle shows Buchyk in front of what appears to be Melgen’s private jet during a May trip to Hawaii, not long after a tipster using the name “Peter Williams” contacted an ABC News reporter with allegations about Menendez’s trips to the Dominican Republic, a Caribbean island nation where prostitution is legal and as many as 100,000 prostitutes reportedly ply their trade. In his e-mails, “Williams” described Buchyk as “one of the most regular participants in the activities the Doctor [Melgen] arranges for the Senator [Menendez],” and said the woman “has traveled with them in the jet, sailed with them in the yacht, and has repeatedly visited the Doctor’s house.”

Melgen has a history of spending big money on his mistresses, Boyle reports, noting a 2002 federal court case involving Yuddehiris Dorrejo, a woman on whom Melgen spent $700,000, allegedly in exchange for “an intimate romantic relationship” that began in 1998.

Melgen, who has contributed generously to Menendez’s political campaigns, reportedly owes $11.1 million in unpaid federal income taxes.

UPDATE: Andrew O’Shea at Viral Read has a selection of photos of Svitlana Buchyk, including bikini/lingerie shots.

Amazing, the quality of womanhood available to guys who can afford to cheat the IRS out of $11.1 million.




  • Quartermaster

    The quality of the womanhood can not be judged by her looks. She may well be the woman from hell even if she’s quite good looking. Given who she’s associated with, I’d say the latter is prolly true.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    When it comes to quality Rule 5: Democrat Bob Menendez Delivers!

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  • Adjoran

    It’s no great trick for a multimillionaire to attract beautiful women with his “generosity.” Happens all over our great country every day and gives many a poor broke kid the incentive to become successful.

    When your tastes run to areas that leave the gray areas behind and would violate US laws, it’s nice to have more permissive little countries not too far offshore.

    I agree: sex sells the story, but the real scandal is the influence-peddling. The sex was just in lieu of a cash payoff.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Gee, wonder what the Rule 5 theme this week will be!

  • BruceC

    Has anyone looked at the “Honey Trap” angle here? Like that Anna Chapman Russian spy?

  • slp


    Why not?

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  • ReaganiteRepublican

    No mystery at all lol

  • robertstacymccain

    Someone else has already compared it to the blackmail scenario against the crusading Nevada senator in “Godfather II.”

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  • Allen Reinertsen

    Svitlana Buchyk part of a honey trap or just a case of self promtion?

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  • Taras Kyiv

    Just to be clear, she’s Ukrainian, not Russian. She was born in Kolomyia, Ukraine.

  • TMLutas

    I can’t detect any meaningful difference between what Melgen was doing and the act of pimping. Why is Melgen not identified as a pimp or potential pimp by even those media who are strongest on this story?

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