Medicare fraud lawsuit has an Oscar connection
F ans of “The Wolf of Wall Street” will be intrigued to know that the man who inspired one of the most memorable characters in the Oscar-nominated movie is now starring in a real-life healthcare drama.
Danny Porush—named Donnie Azoff in the Martin Scorsese flick and played with manic glee by Jonah Hill—is being sued for alleged Medicare fraud in connection with Med-Care Diabetic & Medical Supplies, Reuters reported. The whistle-blower lawsuit names Porush and five other leaders of the Boca Raton, Fla.-based company.
Former employee Tiffany Bumbury brought the lawsuit under the False Claims Act, claiming that the privately held company used “deceitful, high-pressure telemarketing” to sell Medicare patients medical equipment they didn’t need.
Med-Care has also attracted congressional attention. In April 2013, MedCare President Steven Silverman, who is also named in the lawsuit, testified before a Senate Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee hearing on the practices of durable medical equipment companies. Approximately 68% of a sampling of MedCare’s claims were improper, according to staff memo prepared for the hearing.
No word on whether Scorsese and Hill are planning a sequel based on Porush’s adventures after serving four years in prison for money laundering and securities fraud. South Florida’s storied history of Medicare fraud certainly offers a throng of colorful and convicted characters who could fill an epic. May Outliers suggest “The Miscreants of Medicare” as a title?
Hill could have a sequel on his hands.