PARDONED MEDICAL FRAUDSTER PROVES CORRUPTION OF TRUMP ORDERS
The very last name on President Donald Trump's newly released list of 20 pardons and commutations is Philip Esformes, a man the White House describes as a victim of "prosecutorial misconduct" who has been "devoted to prayer and repentance" during his time behind bars, Jake Johnson reported for Common Dreams.
What the White House doesn't mention is that Esformes, now 52, was sentenced just last year to two decades in prison for his central role in an elaborate, billion-dollar Medicare fraud scheme in which he and others exploited elderly and poor patients for profit—in some cases with deadly consequences.
Esformes, who the White House said is in declining health, was convicted last April of bribery, money laundering, and other charges.
Trump announced late Tuesday that he has commuted Esformes' sentence. He also proved how clemency has been corrupted under his regime.
The Chicago Tribune reported last September that "Esformes, who once controlled a network of more than two dozen healthcare 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."