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The accused: Philip Esformes, owner of the Esformes Network, a chain of more than 30 skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities
The place: Miami, Florida
The Department of Justice said Esformes conspired with Odette Barcha, consultant and director of outreach programs at Larkin Community Hospital, and Larkin physician’s assistant Arnaldo Carmouze, to use the network of skilled nursing and assistant living facilities as part of an elaborate $1 billion kickback scheme and billed Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary services by bribing providers at a local hospital.
The DOJ called the trio’s plot “ruthlessly efficient.”
The case so far: Esformes is being held on $3 million bail that he has yet to secure, according to the Miami Herald. Supporters have been raising the funds since August to secure his release, according to the article. The case is ongoing.