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WellCare Prosecution a Model for Health Fraud

It has become a mere annoyance, a cost of doing business, for health-care companies to pay fines for health-care fraud. But the outcome of the Justice Department's prosecution of four former executives of WellCare Health Plans for their role in a Florida Medicaid ripoff may make others think twice, the Tampa Bay Times says.

This week, a Tampa jury found former CEO Todd Farha and three other high-ranking former executives guilty of stealing from taxpayers. The message it sends is worth the six years of effort and expense to prosecute the case.