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Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:55 AM

Column: He was convicted in a historic healthcare fraud. Trump is letting him walk free

Michael Hiltzik 2 hrs ago

President Trump's tsunami of pardons and commutations has been such an effective guide to the most loathsome individuals in today's America that it's hard to know where to begin in pulling out case histories.

But here's a standout: It's the case of Philip Esformes, who was convicted last year in what federal prosecutors termed "the largest healthcare fraud scheme ever charged by the Department of Justice."

Esformes' crimes involved $1.3 billion in fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid for services at his network of nursing and assisted living facilities in Florida. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison on 20 felony counts. Noting that the charges on which he was found guilty carried combined maximum sentences of 255 years, prosecutors had asked for 30 years.

This was not one criminal act, but hundreds of choices to break the law, even thousands, for more than a decade.
Federal prosecutors, U.S.A. v Esformes
Esformes, 52, served a bit less than 4 1/2 years. Now, thanks to Trump, he's a free man.

More:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/column-he-was-convicted-in-a-historic-healthcare-fraud-trump-is-letting-him-walk-free/ar-BB1cjF6u?li=BBnbfcL





Click for photo of Esformes in a less comfortable moment:

https://tinyurl.com/ydcoef46

Someone hid the frog march photos, apparently.

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Judi Lynn Dec 2020 OP
Dave in VA Dec 2020 #1
Phoenix61 Dec 2020 #2
Dave in VA Dec 2020 #3
mitch96 Dec 2020 #4
Arne Dec 2020 #5
Me. Dec 2020 #6
dalton99a Dec 2020 #7

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:59 AM

1. Well,

now can he run for the US Senate in Florida?


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Response to Dave in VA (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 12:05 PM

2. Beat me to it. nt

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 12:11 PM

3. Great minds

and all...



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Response to Dave in VA (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 12:15 PM

4. Same here but he has to ugly up his face a bit... Golum?? Jeeze I hate Scott...... nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 12:16 PM

5. Here you go, Finally, Drumph's Healthcare Plan. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 12:24 PM

6. Can THey Seize All HIs Money?

Like they did to Manafort?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 05:09 PM

7. Prosecutors proposed $207 million in restitution; judge cut it down to $44 million + 20 years

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