A South Florida health care facility owner has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for their role in what officials say is the largest health care fraud scheme ever charged by the Department of Justice.
Philip Esformes, 50, of Miami Beach, Florida, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison and three years supervised release. U.S. officials say that the facility owner spent around two decades using taxpayer money to fuel his “lavish lifestyle” and pay bribes, robbing both Medicare and Medicaid. Altogether, the evidence established that Esformes benefited from the fraud and received over $37 million in kickbacks.
Esformes was found guilty in April 2019 of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts of receipt of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program, four counts of payment of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, nine counts of money laundering, two counts of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery and one count of obstruction of justice