Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

WellCare worker's plea deal points to Medicaid fraud

TAMPA — Recently unsealed federal court documents reveal details of what prosecutors call an "elaborate scheme" by WellCare Health Plans Inc. employees to defraud Florida's Medicaid program of more than $20-million.

A plea agreement showed that former WellCare employee Gregory West, 50, of Tampa and other WellCare employees fraudulently inflated bills for health care services submitted to the state Agency for Health Care Administration from mid 2002 through 2006.

West pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to defraud the Florida Medicaid program, court records show. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said West directed others, who aren't named in the plea agreement, to falsify records to hide the fraud.

In October 2007, FBI agents and other federal and state agencies raided the Tampa headquarters of WellCare as part of a Medicaid fraud investigation. The company has said it will pay $35.2-million as part of an agreement with prosecutors. But the payment doesn't settle the case or limit the U.S. government and state of Florida from making further claims in their investigation.

WellCare worker's plea deal points to Medicaid fraud 10/07/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 3:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Florida education news: Budgets, principals, vouchers and more

    Blogs

    VETO TIME? Gov. Rick Scott weighs advice on whether to reject the Legislature's education budget. • Pasco County school officials

  2. UK police arrest man in Manchester bombing, which May called 'a callous terrorist attack'

    Public Safety

    MANCHESTER, England — Greater Manchester Police say they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the apparent suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in the city.

    Emergency services work at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017. Several people have died following reports of an explosion Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England, police said. A representative said the singer was not injured.  [Peter Byrne | PA via AP]
  3. Trump condemns 'evil losers' who carried out Manchester concert attack

    Politics

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank — President Donald Trump condemned the "evil losers" responsible for the deadly attack on concert-goers in England Tuesday and called on leaders in the Middle East in particular to help root out violence.

    President Donald Trump pauses as he makes a statement on the terrorist attack in Manchester, after a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem. [Associated Press]
  4. Tampa Bay Times journalists wins 17 Green Eyeshade Awards

    Human Interest

    Tampa Bay Times journalists placed first in seven categories of the prestigious Green Eyeshade awards, which honors outstanding journalism in the Southeast.