Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Jury will decide fate of health executive in $1 billion Medicare fraud trial

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Philip Esformes is the only defendant standing trial in the nation’s biggest Medicare fraud case, but the wealthy Miami Beach executive has been portrayed as if there were two of him; one dirty, one clean. According to Justice Department prosecutors, Esformes ran his Miami-Dadechain of skilled-nursing and assisted-living facilities like a crime boss, billing close to $1 billion to the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid program for dubious services that patients largely didn’t need or even receive.

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