Informant: Bar McCollum from Medicare Settlement

By: AP
By: AP

Miami, Florida(AP) --

A whistle blower wants the Florida Supreme Court to
bar Attorney General Bill McCollum from participating in a
multimillion-dollar health care fraud settlement because of
campaign contributions he received from the company.

Sean Hellein alleges that WellCare Health Plan's political
contributions to McCollum and the state's Republican Party make it
impossible for McCollum to represent the public in settlement
talks. In a petition filed Friday, he says McCollum's participation
would put taxpayers at risk of losing millions in recovered funds.

A spokesman from McCollum's office declined comment.

WellCare has said it expects to settle civil damages under a
federal False Claims Act for about $137.5 million. Hellein could
receive 25 percent of the settlement.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    Companies are in business to make money. Even companies that only work for government contracts are there to make money. What they do with this money is their business, and it doesn't really matter if they support a candidate. This might be a problem for McCollum.
  • by Teresa Location: Madison on Oct 5, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    How is Wellcare, which has contracts to provide State healthcare, IE Healthease giving money to canidaties running for office. Our tax dollars recyled, is that legal? Wellcare gets federal and state tax dollars.
  • by DownSouth on Oct 5, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    Yes, he should be bared.
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