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Penn90 
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09-12-19 08:43 AM - Post#287590    

Actually it's about his dad -- complete with picture. Tanned, rested and ready for jail!

https://apnews.com/44d4179f797f4a748b9d8 c178aec56f...
Leges sine moribus vanae


Edited by Penn90 on 09-12-19 08:44 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
91Quake 
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09-12-19 09:25 AM - Post#287594    
    In response to Penn90

He deserves the maximum sentence.

 
PennFan10 
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09-12-19 04:55 PM - Post#287628    
    In response to 91Quake

Verdict is in:

20 years

 
Stuart Suss 
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09-12-19 11:48 PM - Post#287635    
    In response to PennFan10

From the thorough Miami Herald story about the sentencing:

<<A highlight at Esformes’ trial was the testimony of a former University of Pennsylvania head basketball coach, Jerome Allen, who got to know the businessman through a fellow coach who trained his son. He testified that Esformes paid him about $300,000 in cash bribes and wire transfers to place his son, Morris, on a priority list as a “recruited basketball player” so he could be accepted to Penn and its exclusive Wharton School of Business.

Morris Esformes didn’t make the team after entering the Ivy League school in the fall of 2015, but he graduated four years later. He sat by his father’s side during Thursday’s sentencing.

Allen, who was fired in March 2015 after a string of losing seasons before Esformes’ son started at Penn, pleaded guilty to a bribery-related money-laundering charge. He was given a probationary sentence and paid a $202,000 fine and a forfeiture judgment of $18,000.>>



 
rbg 
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09-13-19 08:57 AM - Post#287636    
    In response to Stuart Suss

https://www.chicagotribune.com/investigations/ct-p...

- Esformes, who once controlled a network of more than two dozen health care facilities that stretched from Chicago to Miami, garnered $1.3 billion Medicaid revenues by bribing medical professionals who referred patients to his Florida facilities then paid off government regulators as vulnerable residents were injured by their peers, prosecutors said.

He housed elderly patients alongside younger adults who suffered from mental illness and drug addiction — sometimes with fatal results. In Esformes’ Oceanside Extended Care Center in Miami Beach, “an elderly patient was attacked and beaten to death by a younger mental health patient who never should have been at (a nursing facility) in the first place,” prosecutors wrote in a pre-sentencing memo. -

- But Scola meted out a punishment significantly less than the 30 years prosecutors requested, saying Esformes also had an extraordinary history of helping people in need. Attorneys for Esformes had described him as a selfless philanthropist who had donated more than $15 million to synagogues, schools and needy individuals, often anonymously.

Said Scola: “I think he should get some consideration for his philanthropy, although it’s dangerous to say because he was stealing money from Medicare, so people might say he was giving that money to charity. But the vast majority of the money he made, he made legitimately. More importantly he was a true friend to people known and unknown to him, and that is worthy of mitigation."

- “Miami is the epicenter of health care fraud, there was no one like Philip Esformes, he was king,” prosecutor Allan J. Medina told the judge in court Thursday.

Many of his younger, drug-addicted patients spent the daylight hours wandering the streets of Miami while he collected government payments for services that were never delivered, prosecutors said. -

- While preparing his defense, Esformes told the judge, he had listened repeatedly to wiretapped conversations that revealed him arranging bribes. “I am disgusted by what I heard,” he said, at one point pounding a courtroom podium with his fist. “The Phil Esformes you heard was reckless ... an arrogant man.”

Esformes said he was studying the Torah and praying for redemption. “I won’t miss that opportunity,” he said.

Prosecutors said Esformes should be forced to pay $207 million in restitution to Medicaid and Medicare; attorneys for Esformes sharply questioned that amount in court Thursday.

Judge Scola closely questioned prosecutors about how they calculated the value of the Medicaid proceeds Esformes stole over the years, ultimately finding the loss to be between $4.8 million and $8.3 million. -

https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Florida-Bu sine...

- Defense attorney Howard Srebnick said Esformes was not motivated by greed.

"There was no need for greed. He wanted to prove that he could be successful," Srebnick said. -

 
T.P.F.K.A.D.W. 
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09-13-19 09:36 AM - Post#287637    
    In response to rbg

Stu, is it safe to assume that the doctors and regulators he bribed testified against Esformes in exchange for immunity? Or have any of these recipients also been prosecuted?

 
Stuart Suss 
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09-13-19 10:41 AM - Post#287643    
    In response to T.P.F.K.A.D.W.

I do not know for certain what happened with each specific witness against Esformes. As a general principle, a witness given immunity is less credible in the eyes of a jury than a witness who has pleaded guilty to one or more crimes.

Jerome Allen was required to plead guilty before he testified against Philip Esformes. If you go back and read Miami Herald articles written during the trial, you will probably find that other participants in the criminal schemes, such as the Delgado brothers, will have pleaded guilty prior to their testimony.


 
T.P.F.K.A.D.W. 
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09-13-19 01:17 PM - Post#287652    
    In response to Stuart Suss

I should have written "pleaded to lesser charge" rather than "immunity."

Again, I assume at least some of those he bribed (in addition to Allen) testified against him in exchange for plea deals.



 
SteveChop 
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Morris Esformes Update
09-16-19 12:07 PM - Post#287672    
    In response to T.P.F.K.A.D.W.

Article from this morning's Philadelphia Inquirer re sentencing of Esformes

https://www.inquirer.com/wires/ap/florida-busi ness...

Edited by SteveChop on 09-16-19 12:08 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
rbg 
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11-25-19 10:32 AM - Post#292221    
    In response to SteveChop

Philip Esformes was sentenced on Thursday.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article237 5...

- Esformes, found guilty of various bribery, kickback and money-laundering charges, was ordered to reimburse $5 million in losses incurred by the Medicare system and pay about $39 million in a forfeiture judgment to the U.S. government as punishment for his crime. He also must pay an additional $617,000 for the government’s cost of his incarceration.

Justice Department prosecutors urged U.S. District Judge Robert Scola to make Esformes pay dearly with his deep pockets, proposing $207 million in restitution to Medicare. But Scola opted to go with a “conservative” loss to the government’s health insurance program based on evidence at the executive’s trial in April.

The judge, however, agreed with the prosecutors’ forfeiture proposal. “I gave him a lesser number of years in prison in anticipation of a significant financial penalty,” Scola said in Miami federal court. -
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Also
Martin Fox, who was hired by Philip Esformes to coach his son prior to Allen's involvement (https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019 -07-25/college-admissions -scandal-clues ) and later offered $100,000 to Allen to get another player into Penn (https://www.si.com/nba/2019/07/11/jerome -allen-penn-basketball-br ibery-case-ncaa-celtics-p hilip-esformes ), plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering after agreeing to a plea deal in late October for his part in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/martin-fox-colle ge-ad...

- The former president of a private tennis academy in Texas pleaded guilty on Friday in connection with the college admissions scandal, authorities said. Martin Fox facilitated bribes to two other individuals involved in the scheme, collecting $245,000 in the process, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts said in a news release.


The 62-year-old pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering after agreeing to a plea deal in late October. He could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years at the February 14 hearing — but in exchange for his plea, the government will recommend a sentence at the low end of the sentencing guidelines, as well as one year of supervised release, a fine and restitution. He will also return the money he received from the scheme. -

 
palestra38 
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11-25-19 10:43 AM - Post#292224    
    In response to rbg

I was prepared to be outraged because $44 million to him is not a forfeiture of his wealth. But 20 years is a substantial sentence to someone of his age. Just make sure he serves at least half of it.

 
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