|Published:||Oct 05, 2010 3:43 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 05, 2010 12:43 PM EDT|
MIAMI (AP) - A whistle blower wants the Florida Supreme Court to bar Attorney General Bill McCollum from participating in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud settlement because of campaign contributions he received from the company.
Sean Hellein alleges that WellCare Health Plan's political contributions to McCollum and the state's Republican Party make it impossible for McCollum to represent the public in settlement talks. In a petition filed Friday, he says McCollum's participation would put taxpayers at risk of losing millions in recovered funds.
A spokesman from McCollum's office declined comment.
WellCare has said it expects to settle civil damages under a federal False Claims Act for about $137.5 million. Hellein could receive 25 percent of the settlement.