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Former WellCare executives won't have to pay restitution to company

TAMPA

Trio won't have to repay WellCare

Three former WellCare executives may have to serve prison sentences for their convictions on health care fraud, but they won't have to pay restitution to the company.

WellCare, which paid $80 million to settle corporate fraud charges and also reached a $137 million civil settlement with the government, had argued that it was a victim in the men's case. The company said it deserves restitution for the compensation it paid the executives as well as for the fees it incurred to correct its audits, conduct an internal investigation and hire attorneys.

But U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. said this week that the company did not meet the definition of victim because its financial losses were indirect results of the crimes.

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