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Oxford podiatrist charged in $3.8M foot bath fraud ploy

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Oxford podiatrist Marion Shaun Lund got off on the wrong foot with a federal jury as he was issued a nine-count indictment for being involved in a $3.8 million healthcare fraud scheme.

The podiatrist owned The Foot Doctor, a clinic that specializes in the treatment of diabetic foot care and routine foot pain. He also operated as the clinic’s primary doctor.

According to court documents, Lund and collaborators would fraudulently prescribe foot baths with ketoconazole, an anti-fungal cream, to patients that had no open or disinfected wounds. They would then bill insurance companies, such as Medicare and TRICARE, for the foot baths.

Further, documents show that Lund and accomplices would use patients’ biological specimens, such as toenails, and submit them to a diagnostic laboratory which would perform unnecessary testing and submit false and fraudulent claims to the healthcare benefit programs.

Between December 2017 and May 2020, Lund used the diagnostic laboratory to submit more than $900,000 in false claims, which caused the laboratory to receive $200,000 in reimbursements.

Lund pleaded not guilty to seven counts of healthcare fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, and one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and healthcare benefit programs.

He was released on a $10,000 bond on the condition that he give up his passport and avoid breaking any laws. His trial is scheduled for August 22 in Oxford Courtroom 1 before Senior District Judge Glen H. Davidson.

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