Medi­care fraud law­suit has an Os­car con­nec­tion

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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.

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