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. 
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