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Witness Describes Scheme at WellCare

Greg West, the number-cruncher at WellCare Health Plans in the bad old days, testified Thursday that he was ordered to falsify reports to the state so the Medicaid HMO could pad its profits, the Tampa Tribune reported.

Federal prosecutors are relying on West's testimony to convict four former executives of the Tampa-based company of Medicaid fraud and conspiracy. West has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy, with his sentence kept pending to assure his cooperation in the trial of his superiors.

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