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Man looking at $12 million payback in medical fraud case

September 21, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A judge says former Rapid City dentist convicted of medical fraud should pay back about $12 million to victims.

KOTA-TV reports that Larry Lytle was sentenced in April to 12 years in prison after he was accused of selling hand-held devices to more than 3,000 customers who fell for bogus claims about their effectiveness. Lytle and others claimed the devices could treat more than 200 medical conditions, including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and AIDS.

Lytle admitted to selling the so-called QLasers for about $4,000 each from 2005 through 2015.

Investigators say Lytle placed veterinary labels on the devices to evade review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Attorneys have 14 days to review accounting records, but prosecutors do not expect the amount of restitution to substantially change.

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Information from: KOTA-TV, http://www.kotatv.com

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