Former Oxford podiatrist Marion Shaun Lund was sentenced to serve two years in prison following his role in a healthcare fraud scheme.
Lund, 54, was convicted in late July 2022 for his involvement in the $3.8 million scheme to defraud Medicare and TRICARE by prescribing and dispensing medically unnecessary foot bath medications and ordering medically unnecessary testing of toenails in exchange for kickbacks and bribes.
According to court documents, Lund owned and operated a podiatry clinic called The Foot Doctor, as well as an in-house pharmacy.
Lund routinely wrote prescriptions and dispensed antibiotic and antifungal drugs to be mixed into a tub of warm water for patients to soak their feet.
Rather than prescribing drugs based on the individualized needs of patients, Lund prescribed foot bath medications in order to maximize reimbursements from Medicare, TRICARE, and other health care benefit programs, regardless of medical necessity.
Lund also took toenail clippings and wound cultures from patients and sent them to a lab for diagnostic testing, even though the testing was not needed.
From April 2020 through March 2022, Lund caused the submission of over $1.4 million in claims to Medicare and TRICARE for unnecessary prescriptions of foot bath medications and diagnostic testing of toenails, resulting in over $700,000 in reimbursements.
In exchange for his prescriptions and orders, Lund was paid cash kickbacks by a purported marketer.
On February 2, 2023, Lund entered a plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson later sentenced Lund to serve 24 months followed by three years of supervised release on Monday, May 15. Lund will also be required to pay restitution in the amount of $851,428.
Lund is the fourth defendant, including three medical professionals, to plead guilty and be sentenced for his role in the scheme.
In October 2021, Logan Hunter Power pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and to pay and receive kickbacks. Power was sentenced to 25 months in prison one year later.
In August 2022, Jared Lee Spicer pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and was sentenced to serve a term of three years probation. In September 2022, Carey “Craig” Williams pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and was sentenced to serve 42 months in prison.