WellCare's $138M Medicaid Fraud Payout Gets Judge's OK

Law360, New York (April 30, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Monday dismissed a qui tam case accusing WellCare Health Plans Inc. of defrauding the federal government, approving the $137.5 million settlement that had been held up by the whistleblower who launched the suit.

U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. dismissed with prejudice the claims brought by  whistleblower Sean J. Hellein, who had launched the suit in October 2010. 

In February, Hellein dropped his objection to the settlement, which he had criticized on the grounds of an alleged conflict of interest created by hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions made by WellCare to then-Florida...

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