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FBI Whistleblower Claims Florida Governor was “Father of Fraud”

An accountant that became an FBI whistleblower for a Medicare fraud investigation against a hospital chain reignited his claims that Florida Governor Rick Scott, the company’s former chief executive, must have known about the chain’s hundreds of millions of dollars in theft. “Fraud was brewing in the DNA of Rick Scott’s company from the very beginning, and he was the father of it.”

Whistleblower Case

Governor Scott was the founder of the hospital group Colombia/HCA. John Schilling was an accountant for the hospital chain. He claimed that Governor Scott’s company was keeping two sets of books, with one of them marked “do not show to Medicare auditors.” Mr. Schilling left the company in 1995 and went to the FBI with his claims. He then returned as an informant, sometimes secretly recording meetings and confidentially reporting activities to federal investigators. He exposed padded billings, kickbacks to doctors and medical providers, and improper expense accounting. At the end of the investigation, the Colombia/HCA group was hit with $1.7 billion in federal penalties, which was at the time the largest healthcare fraud settlement in U.S. history. Governor Scott was CEO of the corporation but was ousted in 1997, and he was not personally charged in the case. For his participation, Mr. Schilling got to share in the $100 million whistleblower award.

Governor Scott’s Claims

Coming up against these claims in 2010, the Florida Republican Party shrugged off the accusations during Scott’s campaign. Speaking on behalf of Governor Scott, a spokesperson said during this election that these accusations were the “desperate statements” of the opposing party. The governor has repeatedly claimed that he had no idea about the actions of his juniors at the company while he was CEO.

Florida Whistleblower Law

Florida enacted the False Claims Act that allows employees to bring suit in the name of the state when their employer engages in conduct that defrauds the state or local government of taxpayer dollars. Found in Chapter 68 of the Florida statutes, the Act imposes liability on people and corporations who, among other things, knowingly present fraudulent or false claims for payment to the state, misappropriate state property, or deceptively conceal an obligation to pay the state. An employer may be liable for up to three times the amount defrauded, plus a fine between $5,000 and $11,000 for each violation that occurred. The whistleblower that brings the case is entitled to anywhere between 15 and 25% of any recovery if joined by the Florida Attorney General in court or between 25 and 30% if the whistleblower proceeds alone. The False Claims Act also protects a whistleblower from retaliation by the employer for reporting the acts. However, a claim cannot be made against an employer if the action took place more than 10 years ago.

Call a Whistleblower Attorney Today

If you believe that your employer is defrauding a government agency in Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Fort Myers, or West Palm Beach, you are entitled as a whistleblower to an award that can be as much as 30% of the total funds recovered. Let the experienced whistleblower claims attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm help ensure that you get the reward that you deserve. Call or contact the office today for a free and confidential consultation of your case.

Our Offices:

ORLANDO

625 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, Florida 32803



Phone: (407) 800-0000
Direct Line:(407) 352.3535
Facsimile: (407) 770-6066



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FT. MYERS

4244 Evans Avenue, Suite A
Ft. Myers, FL 33901



Phone: (239) 334-3434
Direct Line:(239) 334-1010
Facsimile: (239) 689-1548



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TAMPA

816 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33603


Phone: (813) 301-0101
Direct Line:(813) 868-6981
Facsimile: (813) 982-3037



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JACKSONVILLE

10752 Deerwood Park Blvd. South, Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256


Phone: (904) 494-9494
Direct Line:(904) 394.2945
Facsimile: (904) 394-2941



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WEST PALM BEACH

500 South Australian Ave, Suite 519
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Ph: (561) 800-0000
Direct:(561) 932.1222
Fax: (561) 932-1223



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Testimonials:

“A few years ago, I was badly injured in a slip and fall accident. My injuries prevented me from driving & working, and the emotional toll of the accident was just as bad. One minute I was an active, healthy person, and the next I was barely mobile and trapped in a cast from my hip to my foot. It was a very difficult time. I wasn't sure where to turn or what my options were, when a friend referred me to the Pendas Law Firm. From the time that I first met with the Pendas team until the day that my case was settled, I felt like I finally had someone on my side. The lawyers & paralegals who worked with me throughout the process were incredibly supportive and understanding. I felt that they truly cared about what I was going through & they fought for my wellbeing when I was unable to do so myself. I am so grateful to the team at the Pendas Firm for all of their help. I will never forget the day I got the call informing me that my case had been settled. It felt like an enormous weight had been lifted off of me.

Prior to my slip and fall accident I never thought I would need a personal injury lawyer....and I certainly never anticipated needing one again. But then while I was driving home from my sister's house last month, I was hit by a drunk driver. My car was badly damaged and I sustained injuries that kept me out of work & affected my quality of life. After the accident I knew I needed help, and naturally I reached out to the Pendas Firm. The guidance & support that the team has given me so far has helped me get through this difficult situation. No matter what the outcome of my case ends up being, I feel confident in their commitment to my case and I am at ease knowing that someone is fighting for my rights. Hopefully no one I know will ever find themselves in a similar situation, but if they do I would definitely recommend that they seek help from the Pendas Law Firm.....”
Katherine Youngpeter , Orlando, Florida (06/2014) more testimonials...