John Schilling, a 52 year-old accountant from Naples, is laying claims that Governor Rick Scott knew about the wrongdoing at the Florida hospital where he was an executive before leaving the hospital in 1997; four months after the investigation into the hospital for wrongdoing went public.
Mr. Schilling claims that about six months after being hired as an accountant he found out that the hospital was keeping two sets of books. One for Medicare and Medicaid and one for their internal records. The internal book was marked confidential.
Being privy to such information, due to that fact the he was an accountant and that’s what they do, Mr. Schilling claims he went straight to the FBI soon after he found out what was going on and that was what started the investigation.
Schilling, a registered republican, in an interesting turn of events has decided to now come out with this information after sitting on it for the past 17 years. Working in conjunction with the Democratic candidate in Florida, Charlie Christ, John is claiming that Governor Rick Scott, who was in his words a hands on executive, would have to have known what was going on at the time he was there.
The hospital was accused of, and eventually paid billions in fines for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid, then the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history.
The Scott campaign is brushing it all off and claiming that the Christ campaign is just getting desperate because Floridians aren’t buying what they are selling.
Additionally, Rick Scott has run into a bit of trouble with accusations that his staff used their private email addresses for State business as well as having spent the equivalent of $1,200 per minute on TV ads in his last election. The Florida Republican may be somewhat controversial, but he is still the 45th Governor of Florida; albeit by a narrow margin.
Outside of his political mini-scandals, Rick Scott has come under fire for several other facets of his governance. Most notably, the fact that Floridians still suffer from a lack of jobs.
An excerpt from the Miami Herald reads:
Gov. Rick Scott has staked his political future on his ability to bring jobs to Florida, but the first comprehensive review of his efforts shows few successes and hundreds of unfulfilled promises.
Even with Scott giving $246 million in tax breaks for job creators, a hallmark of the Republican party, his efforts are falling short of his original campaign promises of 700,000 jobs. While the economy is a tricky thing, and in most cases cannot be simply manipulated into action by throwing money at it or legislating prosperity, future governors would do well to learn a few things from Rick.
Although, if you believe the statements of Mr. Schilling, Rick Scott may have a pretty good shot at reaching his employment goals if he has any control over the numbers.