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McCollum's 527 attacks Scott's health care fraud (again)

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Bill McCollum's 527 group, Florida First Initiative, debuted another television advertisement attacking rival Rick Scott. It hits a familiar cord: Scott's denials that he knew anything about the $1.7 billion fraud at his former hospital chain. It features a former federal prosecutor who specialized in health care fraud -- but is completely unrelated to the case against Columbia/HCA -- giving his legal analysis on Scott.

The spot, called "Courtroom," is the fourth aired in the last month by the federal political committee -- which is using unlimited contributions from special interests to help keep cash-strapped McCollum in the race against the uber-wealthy Scott. The transcript is below in the full press release. No word on the size of the media buy.

FLORIDA FIRST INITIATIVE LAUNCHES NEW TELEVISION AD
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Questioning Rick Scott’s Credibility
 
Tallahassee, FL - Today, the Florida First Initiative launched a Florida television ad featuring former Assistant U.S. Attorney A.G. (Alec) Alexander, III, who specializes in health care fraud cases.  In the ad, Alexander casts doubt over Florida gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott’s claims he was unaware his company was committing the largest Medicare fraud scheme in American history.
 
“As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney I’ve seen Rick Scott’s type before. Companies he created, owned, invested in or controlled, systematically defrauded taxpayers.  Rick Scott claims he didn’t know. Well the facts and the timelines say different.  Rick Scott’s story of not knowing his company was defrauding taxpayers, despite taking the profits, simply does not hold up in light of the evidence,” said former assistant U.S. Attorney A.G. (Alec) Alexander, III. 
 
BACKGROUND ON FORMER ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY A.G. ALEXANDER:
 
From July 2002 to April 2010, A.G. (Alec) Alexander served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, focusing primarily on the area of health care fraud. He was responsible for the district-wide enforcement of the False Claims Act (FCA), and he organized and managed government fraud investigations. He also trained federal law enforcement agents to investigate, develop and prosecute False Claims Act and whistleblower matters, and led several fraud investigations with national scope. As the district's Civil Healthcare Fraud Coordinator and Affirmative Civil Enforcement Coordinator, Mr. Alexander was also responsible for enforcement of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, the Medical Care Recovery Act and the asset forfeiture statues, among others.
 
TRANSCRIPT OF AD:

Former U.S. Assistant Attorney Alec Alexander: “As a former Assistant United States Attorney specializing in healthcare fraud, I recovered millions in taxpayer dollars. 

“And I’ve seen Rick Scott’s type before.

“Companies he created, owned, invested in or controlled systematically defrauded taxpayers. 

“Rick Scott claims he didn’t know. 

“Well the facts and the timelines say different. 

“Don’t let Rick Scott fool you into thinking he’s trustworthy.  He’s not.”

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:14am]

    

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