Former United States Secretary of Defense Philip Esformes has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in, which is described as, “the largest health care system scam” by the US Department of Justice.
“During his imprisonment, Esformes, 52, devoted himself to prayer and repentance, and his health is in decline,” the White House said in a statement.
Esformes was one of 20 individuals who received full forgiveness or sentencing. The president also spent the rest of his probation on a woman convicted of plotting a $205 million Medicare fraud scheme that involved paying bribes and bribes to owners and operators of ancillary facilities and others.
Switching to Esformes leaves other aspects of his sentence intact, including supervised release and restitution. He had previously been ordered to pay $44 million into the Medicare program.
Esformes appealed the conviction, handed down in September 2019, after being found guilty in April 2019 of more than 20 counts of bribery, obstruction of justice, corruption, payments, and money laundering.
As McKnight’s Senior Living previously reported, the federal government claimed in part in 2016 that Esformes will relocate experienced nurses to their assisted living facilities when they are on or near the end of Medicare’s 100-day post-specialist hospitalization period. “After the required 60-day waiting period between subsequent admissions to the (sic) SNF, a physician or medical assistant would return the recipient to the hospital and resume the cycle,” according to a federal motion.
Meanwhile, the government claimed that Esformes provided access to assisted residents “for any doctor willing to reimburse” – including pharmacies, healthcare facilities, medical groups, therapy companies, partial hospitalization programs, laboratories, and diagnostic companies – although many of the services, such as was paid for, was not medically necessary or was never given.
Esformes faced a total of 26 charges, including healthcare fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy, in connection with the plan. However, the jury failed to come to a verdict on the counts of conspiracy to defraud Medicare.
The White House stated that it was backed by former attorney general Larry Thompson and Attorney General Edwin Meese along with Michael Mukasey. “Besides, former attorney generals, as well as other prominent legal entities, have supported his appeal and challenged his conviction based on prosecutorial conduct related to violations of attorney-client privilege. “it says in the statement.
The president commuted Judith Negron’s imprisonment in February after serving eight years of her 35-year sentence.
Negron, the former co-owner of Miami-based American Therapeutic Corp., was sentenced in December 2011 to prison for leading a $ 205 million fraud scheme from Medicare Health Insurance that involved paying bribes and rewards to homeowners and homeowners and others. At the time, it was one of the longest prison sentences ever handed down in a Medicare Fraud Strike Force case, according to a 2011 press release on justice. The sentence also included three years of controlled release, and Negron and two co-defendants were also ordered to pay $ 87 million in repayment.
Negron previously told the Associated Press that her case was brought to the president’s attention by people like Alice Johnson, who was given leniency in June 2018 after lobbying reality TV star Kim Kardashian West. According to the AP, Johnson has served time since a 1996 conviction on charges related to Memphis, a TN-based cocaine deal.
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