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June 28, 2024
Health Law Weekly

Podiatrist Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for $4 Million Foot Bath Fraud Scheme

  • June 28, 2024

Nathan Lucas, D.P.M. was sentenced to four years in prison for a scheme to defraud Medicare and TennCare by prescribing and dispensing medically unnecessary foot bath medications, the Department of Justice announced June 27.

According to a press release, Lucas owned and operated a podiatry clinic and two pharmacies where he regularly prescribed antibiotic and antifungal drugs to be mixed into a tub of water for patients to soak their feet. The drug cocktails included capsules, creams, and powders that were not indicated to be dissolved in water and some of which were not even water soluble, the release said.