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Florida man facing fraud charges also fighting wife over teen son

People in the Miami area may be familiar with the name Philip Esformes. He's been accused of being part of the largest case of health fraud in U.S. history. He's currently in a Miami federal detention center on charges of health care fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and taking kickbacks.

According to prosecutors, Esformes, who owns a number of assisted-living and nursing facilities in the Miami area, performed unnecessary medical treatments and misappropriating funds from government health care programs. He was planning to fraudulently bill over $1 billion to government programs intended to help people who are poor, disabled and elderly, according to the Medicare Fraud Strike Force.

Esformes is also battling his estranged wife over their youngest and only minor child -- a 16-year-old boy. She has expressed concern over the values he is instilling in their son. She has accused him of trying to buy their son's affection with a lavish Miami Beach mansion complete with basketball court and allowing him to lead a life of "sex, drugs and rock and roll."

The boy's mother has accused his father of "contributing to delinquency of a minor." She says that he "texted, communicated and encouraged suggestions of inappropriate behavior," including the exploitation of women. While showing his support of his son's interest in basketball and allegedly encouraging his sexual escapades, the mother's attorney says that Esformes has been "uninvolved in the minor child's academics, health and welfare."

For many divorcing couples, a key element of what drives them apart is a difference in values. When they have children, those differences can create conflict in custody and visitation issues.

This can be further complicated when one or both parents have considerable assets with which they can try to influence a child's loyalty. It's essential to discuss any concerns about your ex-spouse's parenting with your Florida family law attorney so that he or she can help you work toward a parenting plan that's in the best interests of the children.

Source: 10 News, "Accused wealthy fraudster's alleged parenting style: 'Money is king'," Andrea Torres, Aug. 10, 2016

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