Assistant U.S. Attorney Lettricea Jefferson-Webb told the court that Wegner, Fine, Cutler and McNerney met at a hotel in Florida in 2005, and agreed to split fees associated with the referrals evenly four ways and to set up accounts in the names of Wegner's and Fine's wives. The spouses were not charged as of Wednesday.
"Did you do what she said you did?'' U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson asked Wegner.
"Yes, I did, your honor,'' Wegner replied.
Jefferson-Webb said Humana, which cooperated with the investigation, lost money as part of the scheme.
"Humana also suffered a loss to their business as a result of legal and investigative costs,'' Jefferson-Webb said.
Simpson did not immediately set a sentencing date for Wegner. As part of the plea deal, Wegner will pay $100,000 in restitution and forfeit another $900,000. He's been ordered to pay $300,000 before sentencing and the remaining $600,000 in monthly payments.
Wegner's attorney, Robert Eckard, did not object to his client being freed on a $25,000 unsecured bond.
"This has been going on for three years,'' Eckard said. "He's not going anywhere.''
Humana spokesman Tom Noland said the company cooperated with the FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. Health and Human Services Inspector General during the investigation. Noland described Humana as a victim of Fine and Wegner's scheme.
"They abused their positions at Humana to profit personally at the expense of the company,'' Noland said.