WellCare executives convicted in fraud trial

Former WellCare executives convicted following Florida Medicaid fraud trial

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Four former WellCare executives have been convicted of some, but not all, charges following a Medicaid fraud trial in Florida.

WellCare executives Todd Farha, Paul Behrens, William Kale and Peter Clay all faced multiple counts of medical fraud, conspiracy and making false statements. But after several weeks of deliberations, jurors told a federal judge in Tampa on Monday that they were unable to reach verdicts for the more serious charge of conspiracy to commit medical fraud on each defendant. A sentencing date hasn't been set.

Prosecutors say the four defrauded the government out of more than $30 million. Dealing exclusively with Medicare and Medicaid claims, authorities say the executives produced false documents and formed Harmony Behavioral as a "shell company" to inflate the costs for behavioral health-care services.

Prosecutors say they haven't decided whether to retry to deadlocked counts.

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