By William Cutting
Friday, September 27, 2013 – 07:00 p.m.

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Let me tell you a story about a guy who would be right at home here in the Inland Empire — I mean…this guy puts San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris and his Measure Z sales tax fleecing of taxpayers to shame.

Who is this mystery man?  A Wisconsin podiatrist.

No, I am not talking about a Wisconsin podiatrist who ran for Congress.  That would be too easy.  Telling you that a crook walking the halls of Congress would fit into the IE political landscape just doesn’t push the story forward.  I mean…duh! Right?

I am sincerely, genuinely talking about a podiatrist.  This guy would get lots of high fives for his entrepreneurial ingenuity scam.  It is sort of like the scene in Casino when the Ace Rothstein character played by Robert De Niro talks about Nicky, played by Joe Pesci:

Nicky’s methods of betting weren’t scientific, but they worked. When he won, he collected. When he lost, he told the bookies to go fuck themselves. I mean, what were they going to do, muscle Nicky? Nicky was the muscle.

John Lanham the podiatrist ran a similar racket.  Whenever anyone called and asked if his office took their insurance, the caller was told that they did take their insurance. After they came in and had surgery to remove their ingrown toenail or bunion, Lanham collected.  If they had insurance and Lanham was in the network, he collected.  If they had insurance, but Lanham was not in the network, he sent the patient a bill and said, “Fuck you, pay me!”

NOTE: The blog software will not let me embed a YouTube clip to this video from Goodfellas.

From the article:

The state Department of Justice and consumer protection agency said Friday they had filed an enforcement action against John Lanham, alleging the Milwaukee podiatrist misled patients into thinking he accepted their health insurance when he did not.

For years, Lanham has evaded long-lasting consequences while continuing to hit patients with high bills after failing to disclose he was not part of their insurance network.

The state’s complaint, filed Wednesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, alleges Lanham and his staff are “deceptive and misleading” when they answer “Yes,” when potential patients asked if Lanham accepts their insurance.

Lanham understands what potential patients are asking and is not being truthful, according to the complaint.

The complaint also quotes a July 15 Journal Sentinel story where Lanham told a reporter, “How can I stay in business if I have to disclose to patients that I’m not in their network?”

Remember when San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris went hat-in-hand to the San Bernardino voters and promised 40 more cops if they passed the sales tax?  Sounds pretty similar to me.  But, why pick on Mayor Morris.  There are so many shenanigans to go around.  I will say this for old Lanham.  If he was running San Bernardino, you know that city would not be bankrupt…