A whistleblower lawsuit under the federal False Claims Act against WellCare Health Plans regarding alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud has been settled for $137.5 million. The whistleblower, Sean Hellein, a former financial analyst for WellCare, secretly recorded meetings where company executives discussed how to double-bill Medicare and Medicaid. Hellein will receive nearly $21 million for his role as a whistleblower. The settlement also resolved a number of related cases involving WellCare.
Source: Tampa Bay Times
The federal False Claims Act allows whistleblowers who report fraud on the federal government by contractors and suppliers such as double-billing or over-billing Medicare and/or Medicaid to recover 15-25% of the monies gained by the company due to the fraudulent conduct.
Lexington, Kentucky whistleblower lawyer Robert Abell represents whistleblowers in cases under the federal False Claims Act; contact him at 859-254-7076.