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Law360: Gov't Esformes Victory Still Misses Tricky Fraud TargetApril 08, 2019
While experts called a recent guilty verdict for Miami nursing home mogul Philip Esformes a win for the government, they noted that the lack of healthcare fraud charges demonstrates how difficult it can be to secure such convictions.
O’Melveny partner Ben Singer noted that the case also indicated that the government is increasingly targeting experienced players in the industry.
“This is probably one of the cases that has really reached into a more sophisticated type of actor in the healthcare area,” he said. “The more sophisticated the individual is, the more difficult it is for the government, but I think the case shows the government believes it can go after anybody. It has the tools to find crime even by sophisticated actors.”