Published: Aug 31, 2011 7:56 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida court has restored the medical license of an eye doctor convicted in a political corruption case.
    
A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee ruled Wednesday that the Florida Department of Health improperly suspended Dr. Alan D. Mendelsohn's license.
    
The Hollywood physician in June was sentenced to four years in federal prison.
    
Mendelsohn pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns, lying to FBI agents and pocketing $700,000 donated to his political committee for personal use.
    
The doctor and committee contributed to hundreds of lawmakers and political candidates.
    
The state suspended his license on an emergency basis without a hearing to determine if he posed a danger to public safety.
    
The court ruled state law permits a no-hearing suspension only for crimes related to Medicaid.

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