EXCLUSIVE: Rick Scott and Solantic: the Randy Prokes email

Among the many allegations related to Medicare, Medicaid and Tri-Care fraud linked to Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for Florida governor, the one that produced a secret Scott deposition just days before he filed for governor, along with the most interesting moment of the campaign was the allegation that his new company, Solantic — the one he owned after leaving Columbia/HCA holding a $1.7 billion federal fine (plus a $300 million parting gift for Scott) — also committed fraud, this time, using doctors’ licenses without their knowledge and billing Medicare improperly for patient care. Those allegations caused Scott to go ice cold when he was served a subpoena in the middle of a press conference about a week before the August 24 primary. Now, the Reid Report has obtained an email alleged to be the one Bill McCollum’s campaign referred to authorities for investigation. The email is from Dr. Randy Prokes, who the Herald described this way:

Just what Scott said in the deposition is anyone’s guess. But since it was captured on video, the deposition’s release is the stuff of an attack ad — this race’s signature, with both sides spending upward of $40 million and counting on negative commercials.

The lawsuits, accusations and mean-spirited ads reveal the vicious inner workings of campaigns that stand behind the smiling faces of the candidates. Tuesday’s verbal slugfest was the clearest sign that the Republican race was tightening with the Aug. 24 primary just two weeks away. Scott has put McCollum on the ropes for weeks, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that the political newcomer seemed on the defensive.

The new 46-page lawsuit filed by Andrews actually seeks to declare Scott and Solantic “public hazards” and reads like one long attack ad against Scott. The suit rehashes the Columbia/HCA story, suggests Solantic broke the law and mentioned the allegations of yet another doctor, Randy Prokes, who claimed in an e-mail that Solantic committed a number of questionable billing practices that distantly echo the Columbia/HCA Medicare fraud case.

Prokes hasn’t returned calls to his cell, home and office for more than a week. McCollum’s staff turned his e-mail over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate. Prokes was fired from the clinic for writing prescriptions for opiates without following proper guidelines, though the matter was never referred to authorities.

“The allegations made by Dr. Prokes are untrue and unfounded,” Nathan Newman, Solantic’s chief medical officer said in a conference call just before Scott’s press conference. “Solantic is being unfairly and wrongly used by the McCollum campaign as a political stunt.”

The email, which TRR is working to authenticate, is below:

Read the full email here.

I’ve emailed Dr. Prokes to get his response. More on Prokes’ allegations here.

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7 Responses to EXCLUSIVE: Rick Scott and Solantic: the Randy Prokes email

  1. LiB says:

    THANK YOU DR. PROKES! we must do whatever we can to keep this horrible criminal away from the gov’s mansion or ANY political seat for that matter! we must educate the public and keep them from making a horrible mistake for FL’s future! SINK FOR GOV!

  2. Charles B. Lawson says:

    Alex Sink is on another hand incompetent. She lost over $40 billion State Pension Funds’ money. The question remains, who is worse: A Crook or an Incompetent as Governor.
    The best chance and choice for Florida is FARID KHAVARI.

  3. Rupert says:

    Wow, Charlie, you really wildly exaggerated your ‘facts’. Plus Alex only had one vote on that Board.

    So who is Farid Khavari and why should we vote for him?

  4. Charles B. Lawson says:

    Sink is CFO. Don’t act as if she is innocent and brilliant. She was literally involved in the messup.
    Tell me just one of her accomplishment(s) as Florida’s CFO?!

    In contrast, Dr. Khavari is an economist (Ph.d.). Author of nine books. He is the ONLY candidate with a sound economic plan, The Khavari Economic Plan to revive Florida’s economy. To learn more about him, visit http://www.khavariforgovernor.com

    After you have read his economic plan, you and all Floridians would be voting for him–actually for your own future.

  5. Rupert says:

    Charlie, the stock market crashed.
    But my point was that your $40 billion number is way off the mark.
    I’ll check your link for Khava.

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