FL Gov Rick Scott Pleaded the Fifth a Shocking Number of Times During Medicare Fraud Trial

rick-scott-scaryIt’s been a while since I wrote about one of our nation’s sleaziest governors, Florida Governor Rick Scott. I honestly have no idea how this guy got elected governor. You’d think the fact that he was CEO of a company that was found guilty of defrauding Medicare out of hundreds of millions of dollars would be enough to disqualify him from being elected to such a high office.

But apparently not, because the good people of Florida elected him in 2010. Not only that, but he stands a pretty good at chance at being reelected this November.

Florida, I’m begging you, please don’t reelect this guy.

If his incompetence isn’t potentially banning every computer in the state of Florida, then it’s his blatant (and illegal) attempts to disenfranchise many Florida voters. Or how about denying Floridians paid sick days? No matter how you analyze Rick Scott, he’s easily one of the most incompetent and unethical governors in this country today.

Well, a recent fact-check by Politifact found that Rick Scott pleaded “the Fifth” a shocking 75 times during his Medicare fraud case.

Seventy-five times! 

And he wasn’t even facing prison time. Because why would he, right? He was just the CEO of a company which defrauded the government, of course prison time wouldn’t be on the table.

Now if he had been caught with a moderately sized bag of weed, that would have been an entirely different story.

While I understand that it’s every American’s right to “plead the Fifth” in certain instances when on trial, for a former CEO of a company that’s on trial for massive Medicare fraud to do it 75 times is astounding. That alone tells you that Scott clearly had something to hide.

Oh, and for the record, his former company was found guilty of defrauding Medicare. They were ordered to pay over $600 million in penalties.

Yes, ladies and gentleman, Florida Governor Rick Scott – the man who was CEO of a company which was found guilty of massively defrauding the federal government.

I live in Texas and Rick Perry is definitely a scumbag, but he’s still not on the level of Rick Scott. In my opinion, Scott has proven himself to be one of the most corrupt and unethical politicians in this country.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • wawoo

    It was not a trial. It was an investigative hearing. The shame is that he was not indicted and tried. He was and is guilty as hell.

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      You can wonder why nearly all of Scott’s pictures,he always looks like he’s laughing and smiling all the times. He knew he screwed Floridans many times over and still control that state.

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    Scott owns $11 million mansion on seashore. Also that very exact same location where it is in risk of being awash by the sea due to climate change.

    Don’t buy this house. Make Rick lose his $11 million dollars. Florida, I love my trip down to Florida back in 2012. For love of God and for your sake, don’t re-elect him.

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Hopefully, Floridians wake up and kick this jerk to the curb in the next election. Voting against the entire f’ing state’s best interest is not too smart!

  • crabjack

    Now if he had been caught with a moderately sized bag of weed, that would have been an entirely different story.

    You’re so wrong, Allen. If he’d been caught with weed, nothing would have happened. Now if a poor black kid get’s caught with even a small bag of weed, THAT would be a different story….

    • Bill Baylis

      if he had been caught with weed ,, he mite not have been elected,, the T party local yokels and silver haired republican voters that put him in office were willing to give him a pass on defrauding the govt,because he’s not Obama, but (OMG) smoking pot ? he’s a hardened criminal who will kill us in our beds

  • Stephen Barlow

    Did Scott get immunity from Republican Bush appointee prosecutors?

  • forpeace

    RickScott is corrupted and fraud, I hope Florida voters get rid of him. His net worth was $219+ million in 2010, but by 2011 was estimated $103+ million.
    On March 19, 1997, investigators from the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services served search warrants at Columbia/HCA facilities in El Paso and on dozens of doctors with suspected ties to the company. RickScott was the Chairman and CEO, but Columbia/HCA board of directors pressured RickScott to resign as following the inquiry. He was paid $9.88 million in a settlement. He also left owning 10 million shares of stock worth over $350 million. In 1999, Columbia/HCA changed its name back to HCA, Inc.

    In settlements reached in 2000 and 2002, Columbia/HCA pled guilty to 14 felonies and agreed to a $600+ million fine in the largest fraud settlement in US history. In late 2002, HCA agreed to pay the U.S. government $631 million, plus interest, and pay $17.5 million to state Medicaid agencies, in addition to $250 million paid up to that point to resolve outstanding Medicare expense claims. In all, civil law suits cost HCA more than $2 billion to settle, by far the largest fraud settlement in US history.

    After his departure from Columbia/HCA in 1997, Rick Scott launched Richard L. Scott Investments, based in Naples, Florida (originally in Stamford, Connecticut, which has stakes in health care, manufacturing and technology companies. RickScott reportedly has an interest in a chain of family fun centers/bowling alleys, S&S Family Entertainment, in Kentucky and Tennessee led by Larry Schmittou, one of baseball’s legendary minor league owners. In the 1990s, RickScott was a partner of George W. Bush as co-owner of the Texas Rangers. In 2003, Rick Scott invested $5.5 million in Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacies.

    In February 2009, RickScott founded Conservatives for Patients’ Rights (CPR), which he said was intended to put pressure on Democrats to enact health care legislation based on free-market principles. As of March, Rick Scott had given about $5 million for a planned $20 million ad campaign by CPR. CPR opposes the broad outlines of President Obama’s health-care plans and has hired Creative Response Concepts (CRC), a public relations firm which previously worked with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth among others.

    • forpeace

      After his departure from Columbia/HCA in 1997, Rick Scott launched Richard L. Scott Investments, based in Naples, Florida (originally in Stamford, Connecticut, which has stakes in health care, manufacturing and technology companies. Rick Scott reportedly has an interest in a chain of family fun centers/bowling alleys, S&S Family Entertainment, in Kentucky and Tennessee led by Larry Schmittou, one of baseball’s legendary minor league owners. In the 1990s, Rick Scott was a partner of George W. Bush as co-owner of the Texas Rangers. In 2003, Rick Scott invested $5.5 million in Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacies.

      In February 2009, Rick Scott founded Conservatives for Patients’ Rights (CPR), which he said was intended to put pressure on Democrats to enact health care legislation based on free-market principles. As of March, Rick Scott had given about $5 million for a planned $20 million ad campaign by CPR. CPR opposes the broad outlines of President Obama’s health-care plans and has hired Creative Response Concepts (CRC), a public relations firm which previously worked with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth among others.He spent 73 million on his campaign in 2010.

    • Ahem, stealing from Medicaid patients. Overcharging Medicaid patients. That is very, very low.

  • Eg Kbbs

    The repub mantra is either “the 5th,” “I don’t know,” or “I don’t remember.”

    Just look at Bush admin officials before Congress repeating this over and over. Only explanation that makes any sense is that they weren’t testifying, they were repeating their mantra for meditation.

  • Orlando Chris

    Throw Scott and Crist in the garbage. Vote for Adrian Wyllie…

    • wawoo

      Sorry but libertarianism is a fantasy.
      Crist actually governed competently attenuating much of the worst mischief passed by Florida’s Republican legislature.

  • Tim Donk

    I’m outraged! I hate the word “pleaded” in place of “pled”.

  • Gabriel Gentile

    Asking the people of Florida to do something intelligent, reasonable and rational is like asking John Waters to perform cunnilingus… It just ain’t happening.

  • KLFinFL

    Well said, Allen Clifton. As CEO, it would seem ignorant to believe that Rick Scott was unaware of the fraud committed by his employer. He should not be Florida’s Governor nor hold an official office anywhere.