DOJ: Four Former Wellcare Executives Found Guilty in Florida

A federal jury in Tampa found four former executives of WellCare Health Plans Inc., a health maintenance organization (HMO) operator, guilty of various charges, including health care fraud, making false statements relating to health care matters and making false statements to a law enforcement officer, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill of the Middle District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge Christopher B. Dennis of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Office of Investigations Miami office

Today, former WellCare Chief Executive Officer Todd S. Farha, 45, of Tampa, was convicted of two counts of health care fraud; former WellCare Chief Financial Officer Paul L. Behrens, 51, Odessa, Fla., was convicted of two counts of making false statements relating to health care matters and two counts of health care fraud; William L. Kale, 63, of Oldsmar, Fla., former vice president of Harmony Behavioral Health Inc. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of WellCare), was found guilty of two counts of health care fraud; and Peter E. Clay, 56, of Wellesley, Mass., former WellCare vice president of medical economics, was found guilty of making false statements to a law enforcement officer.

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