Ex-WellCare general counsel gets six months in U.S. prison

From the Reuters news article:

A former general counsel of insurer WellCare Health Plans Inc was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison for making a false statement to Florida’s Medicaid program as part of what prosecutors called a $35 million healthcare fraud scheme.

Thaddeus Bereday, who was indicted in 2011 along with four other former WellCare executives, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Moody in Tampa, Florida, after pleading guilty to a false statement charge in June, according to court records.

Bereday, 52, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release during which he must spend one year in home confinement, prosecutors said. He was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.

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