courtroom.jpgTAMPA, FLORIDA – Wellness Health Plans saw five of its former executives indicted in a triple-digit million dollar fraud perpetrated on the Florida state Medicaid program. The former executives include Wellcare’s CEO, general counsel and CFO. Wellcare allegedly provided false documentation that claimed costs greater than those incurred for behavioral health services.
In October 2007, federal agents descended on the company’s Tampa headquarters and confiscated evidence of the alleged fraud. In 2010, Wellcare and the Justice Department reached a “preliminary settlement” of $137 million. A former financial analyst of the company and a company whistleblower, contends the settlement is too low when damages of $400 million are possible.
Healthcare Fraud Blog Publisher, Attorney Robert Malove, is an expert criminal trial lawyer as recognized by The Florida Bar. Mr. Malove has extensive experience in the area of health care fraud defense.
Mr. Malove has extensive experience in the area of pill mill defense and represents the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Pain Management, and Florida Society of Neurology and has filed an amicus curiae brief in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the Florida statutes regulating the operation of pain clinics, i.e., pill mills.
If you, or someone you know is facing prosecution as a result of aggressive law enforcement activity of billing practices or false documentation, make sure you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the issues.
Federal Healthcare Fraud Strike Force teams are currently operating in 9 locations: Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit, Brooklyn, Tampa, Baton Rouge, Dallas and Chicago.
If you or someone you know is a healthcare provider and in need of serious billing practices, doctor shopping or any healthcare fraud defense, please contact attorney Robert Malove, co-author of the noted treatise,
WHITE COLLAR CRIME: HEALTH CARE FRAUD (West)(2010-2011 ed.) to arrange an immediate consultation.

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