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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