A former doctor-turned-con man and two accomplices were recently sentenced to prison.
According to Fox News, the sentence was set on Friday for the men's role in a multimillion-dollar fraud case that preyed on the elderly.
Robert "Larry" Lytle, the man sentenced to prison, is the famous doctor who created the QLaser, along with Irina Kossovkaia and Ronald Weir Jr. The QLaser turned out to not be a very reliable device, causing the doctor and his cohorts to receive significant prison sentences.
The scheme, according to Fox News, included claims that the device was able to reliably treat more than 200 medical conditions. It turns out that this statement wasn't true, causing many customers to waste their money and remain unable to treat their medical conditions in old age. Several customers died due to unreliable treatment from the QLaser.
During the sentencing, some family members of those who died from cancer were present. One 15-year-old daughter had lost her mother, who decided that she would stop cancer treatment in favor of using the QLaser at home.
Lytle, 83, received the most severe punishment — totaling 12 years behind bars, meaning that he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. He is also expected to pay restitution for his role as leader and organizer of this scam.
Prosecutors claim that Lytle continually spread false information about the product that he was selling and also put misleading labels onto the packages, tricking customers into thinking that the product was better than it actually was. He also didn't disclose that his license to practice dentistry had previously been revoked for engaging in fraud and deception.
While selling this so-called "healing" device, Lytle and his cohorts were able to make over $16 million in profits. Customers were led to believe that the device was able to cure cancer, emphysema, diabetes, autism, HIV, and heart disease. And as a result, they were willing to spend a significant amount of money to purchase the devices, often as much as $13,000.
The FDA flagged the device in 2002. During this time, Lytle was ordered by a federal court to stop selling the product. Rather than abiding by the FDA's order, Lytle instead smuggled hundreds of lasters out of South Dakota and into New York where he continued to receive income from sales.
“Unconscionable schemes involving ineffective and worthless medical devices take advantage of the despair and desperation of people who are impaired by chronic debilitating pain and disease. We place the highest priority in ensuring that these types of schemes are investigated and prosecuted aggressively,” Craig Goldberg, the U.S. Postal Inspector in Charge, said in the press release, according to Fox News.
Lytle's cohorts received 24 months and 15 months in prison respectively.
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