President Trump on Tuesday commuted the sentence of Philip Esformes, who was serving a 20-year sentence for Medicare fraud and bribery. Whereas in jail, President Trump mentioned, Esformes “has been dedicated to prayer and repentance and is in declining well being.”
A type of alleged bribes was of the basketball coach on the College of Pennsylvania. The coach is Jerome Allen, who led the Penn program for six years and is now an assistant coach of the Boston Celtics. A federal indictment mentioned that Esformes gave $74,000 in money, plus further perks resembling limo companies and rides in personal jets, to Allen, who then positioned Esformes’s son on the checklist of “recruited basketball gamers,” enormously enhancing the son’s probabilities of being admitted. Esformes’s lawyer mentioned in 2018 (when the indictment was handed down) that Morris Esformes had good SAT scores and has been doing properly at Penn. The issue with that argument, consultants observe, is that almost all Penn candidates (together with those that are rejected) have good SAT scores and most of them would succeed there — and this is similar for different Ivies and faculties with extremely aggressive admissions.
Morris Esformes by no means performed basketball at Penn.
Allen testified within the trial that the bribes he accepted have been price $300,000.