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Not The Real McCoy: Man Sells Fake Tricorder For $800,000


A very gutsy (and idiotic) Illinois man named Howard Leventhal persuaded a company to help finance the creation of “Heltheo’s McCoy Home Health Tablet”–a completely fake health device that’s based on the fictional medical Tricorder device Dr. Leonard McCoy used on Star Trek. Leventhal was arrested for fraud on Oct. 22.

Last year, the criminal mastermind Laventhal told executives at Paragon Financial Group, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that Health Canada was backing his “home health tablet” device that was based on the Star Trek tricorder. The company provided him with $800,000 in funding, but unfortunately it gets worse.

Leventhal then forged contracts between his fake company Neovision USA and the Canadian government to get additional funding–this act included forging Deputy Health Minister Glenda Yeates’ signature. Not being one for subtly, Leventhal made it look like the contract promised him $8.2 million in funding directly from Canadian government.

As Bloomberg reports, the device was described thusly:

Heltheo’s McCoy Home Health Tablet, named after the fictional Dr. Leonard McCoy of TV’s Star Trek series, is designed as a platform to maximize the patient benefits through broadband-augmented in-home telemedicine.

Leventhal tried to acquire $2.5 million in additional funding, but the plan backfired when he passed along the fake contracts to an undercover agent posing as a Paragon employee.

Leventhal is currently out on a $100,000 bond, and he’s scheduled for a hearing in Brooklyn on Oct.30. Let’s just say he’s probably praying for Scotty to beam him up and out of this sticky situation.

(via Gizmodo)


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