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Florida whistle-blower says she's been shunned

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The whistle-blower who sued and alerted the U.S. Department of Justice about wrongdoing at Halifax Health Medical Center says she's been shunned by some of her co-workers.

Elin Baklid-Kunz and her attorneys are set to receive a $20.8 million settlement for blowing the whistle on the hospital system's employment and billing practices. She still works as director of Physician services at Halifax.

She told the Daytona Beach News-Journal some co-workers accuse her of jeopardizing their jobs by filing the lawsuit in 2009. The hospital recently settled part of the case for $85 million with the Justice Department.

Hospital officials have denied they committed Medicare fraud. They say they settled part of the case to minimize legal expenses.

Baklid-Kunz says she saw no other option that filing the lawsuit.

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