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When former WellCare Inc. general counsel Thaddeus M.S. Bereday walks into a federal courtroom in Tampa on Nov. 15 for his scheduled sentencing hearing, he’ll be facing a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for making false statements to defraud Medicaid. Bereday, who pleaded guilty on June 28 to one count of “knowingly and willingly” submitting false expenditures, is one of the latest examples of the federal government’s crackdown on health care fraud. Bereday, who is free on bond, has declined comment for this article. Thanks to his cooperative plea deal, however, the Justice Department has said it will seek to lower his sentence at the hearing.

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