Trump Pardons 'King Of Medicare Fraud' Who Looted $1.3B And Donated to Kushner-Favored Chabad-LubavitchChris Menahan
Dec. 28, 2020
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President Trump on Wednesday pardoned a host of fraudsters who donated to the Aleph Institute -- an organization that was started by the Orthodox Jewish Chabad-Lubavitch movement which counts the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a member.
Though Trump has yet to find the time to pardon Julian Assange who is slowly dying in prison or Edward Snowden who has been living in exile in Russia, he did find the time to pardon the "king of medicare fraud," Chabad-Lubavitch donor Philip Esformes.
From The New York Times, "Behind Trump Clemency, a Case Study in Special Access":
Philip Esformes acquired a $1.6 million Ferrari and a $360,000 Swiss watch and traveled around the United States on a private jet, a spending spree fueled by the spoils from what federal prosecutors called one of the largest Medicare fraud cases in history.Philip Esformes' father, Rabbi Morris Esformes, is a huge supporter of Chabad and has his name on multiple buildings:
Alan Dershowitz, who fought to keep Jeffrey Epstein out of prison, helped secure Esformes' release.
Alan M. Dershowitz, a longtime supporter of clemency who works with the Aleph Institute on a volunteer basis, said the group "played a significant role" in Mr. Esformes's clemency effort and "put together the papers" for the petition.Sholom Rubashkin is a money laundering fraudster who ran a Kosher slaughterhouse and meatpacking operation in Iowa employing hundreds of illegal aliens -- including illegal alien children -- that resembled a house of horrors.
The Times continues:
"They are a major, major force of pushing commutations," said Mr. Dershowitz, who recommended a number of clemency petitions that Aleph supported, and says he personally spoke to Mr. Trump about Mr. Rubashkin's case.Dershowitz also fought to secure the release of Israeli spy and U.S. traitor Jonathan Pollard, who was pardoned by Obama and recently had the terms of his parole lifted by the Trump administration to allow him to flee to Israel.
Additionally, Dershowitz pushed for Trump to pardon Israeli drug smuggler Ronen Nahmani, which Trump did in August 2019.
The Aleph Institute was founded nearly four decades ago by Rabbi Lipskar of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement of Hasidic Jews, at the direction of the movement's leader, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson [...]Trump also pardoned Jared Kushner's criminal father, who is a major Chabad donor:
[Jared Kushner's] father, Charles Kushner, served 14 months in a federal prison in Alabama for tax evasion, witness tampering and making illegal donations. The elder Kushner was among those pardoned on Wednesday by Mr. Trump.Two others he pardoned also had the backing of the Aleph Institute:
Two of the people whose sentences were commuted by Mr. Trump on Wednesday, Mark A. Shapiro and Irving Stitsky, were each sentenced to 85 years in prison for their roles in a $23 million real estate scheme after they turned down plea agreements of less than 10 years each."Mark Shapiro is a career con-man who stole millions of dollars from hundreds of investors by selling worthless interests in a bogus investment offering," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said after Shapiro and Stitsky were sentenced in 2010.
U.S. District Judge Kimba Maureen Wood said their scam, which included selling ownership interests in properties they didn't own, "resulted in devastating injury to hundreds of victims."
"For many, it wiped out their life savings at the end of their lives when they no longer had the ability to earn substantial amounts of money," Wood said.
The White House's statement specifically says the two's clemency "is supported by the Aleph Institute."
Perhaps Julian Assange and Edward Snowden should send some of their bitcoins over to the Aleph Institute if they want a pardon!
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