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Bill McCollum launches anti-Rick Scott website over alleged Medicare fraud

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Today, the McCollum for Governor Campaign launched www.RickScottFraudFiles.com, a website designed to educate voters on the massive Medicare fraud scheme Rick Scott oversaw during his tenure as Columbia/HCA CEO. The site contains detailed accounts from media reports on Scott’s tenure at Columbia/HCA, discrimination complaints at Solantic and a cache of original documents detailing his record. In the coming weeks, the website will be continually updated with more shocking facts about Scott’s questionable history.

“Rick Scott is the only candidate in the Governor’s race that has launched an entire website in a shameless attempt to disassociate himself from the nearly $2 billion his company paid after stealing from Americans, including Florida seniors and taxpayers.  All the money in the world cannot hide his record of fraud, bribery, FBI criminal investigations, and ruthless business tactics that put lives and taxpayer dollars at risk,” said Matt Williams, McCollum for Governor Campaign Manager. “By Primary Day, every Florida voter will know the role Rick Scott played in defrauding taxpayers in the largest Medicare fraud scheme in American history.”

To date, Rick Scott has spent nearly $15 million in the Republican primary on campaign ads, literature and paid consultants as part of an elaborate public image repair operation to overshadow concerns over his record of fraud.  In 1997, Scott was ousted as CEO of Columbia/HCA by his own board of directors during the height of the FBI’s investigation into his company’s systematic overbilling of government health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare.  Upon Scott’s abrupt exit from the company, he received a $10 million golden parachute with more than $300 million in Columbia/HCA stock options.

The Rick Scott: Fraud Files site can be accessed at http://www.rickscottfraudfiles.com/

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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