Trump Esformes Commutation Guts Prosecutors' Fraud Work

Law360 (January 6, 2021, 7:21 PM EST) -- When President Donald Trump commuted former Miami nursing home mogul Philip Esformes' 20-year sentence, he dealt another serious blow to health care fraud prosecutors in southern Florida, who could now be hobbled in their efforts to go after high-profile individuals, experts told Law360.

Esformes, who was convicted in April 2019 of paying and receiving kickbacks, money laundering, bribery and obstruction of justice after a hotly contested two-month trial, walked out of prison Dec. 22 after Trump commuted his sentence as part of a clemency announcement that included 15 pardons and five commutations.

"This was an extremely high-profile case, to which DOJ devoted...

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