Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
WellCare Health Plans Inc.
Current Parent Company: 
Centene
Penalty: 
$137,500,000
Year: 
2012
Date: 
April 3, 2012
Offense Group: 
government-contracting-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
False Claims Act and related
Violation Description: 

WellCare Health Plans Inc. agreed to pay $137.5 million to nine states and the federal government to resolve four lawsuits alleging violations of the False Claims Act by falsely inflating the amount it claimed to be spending on medical care in order to avoid returning money to Medicaid and other programs in various states. The settlement was also announced by the U.S. Justice Department; see the Violation Tracker entry at https://violationtracker.goodjobsfirst.org/violation-tracker/-wellcare-h...

Level of Government: 
state
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Multistate Attorneys General Case
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Missouri
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
healthcare services
Specific Industry of Parent: 
managed care
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Parent company note: 
Parent-subsidiary relationship is current as of the most recent revision listed in the Update Log.