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Arrest Warrant Issued For Tricorder Fraudster

Howard Leventhal reportedly started new scam while awaiting sentence on his Trek-related scam

Apparently you can't teach an old dog new tricks. At least if what police claim about Howard Leventhal is true.

Two years ago, 1701News shared the story about Leventhal's efforts to allegedly dupe Canada into believing he had created a tricorder-like device — and he even named it after Dr. McCoy from the original "Star Trek."

Since then, Leventhal was convicted. However, he was freed on $200,000 bail while he awaited a sentence from a judge. And he allegedly made good use of that time by assuming a fake identity to pitch what he called the "Uber of home nursing," a play on the popular rideshare company, according to the New York Daily News.

Leventhal allegedly used one investor's $25,000 payment not to fund his app, but to make purchases at stores, restaurants and Starbucks.

And if that weren't enough, prosecutors say Leventhal faked a letter from a doctor that claimed he was too sick to be sent to a federal prison.

Leventhal's attorney, Steve Zissou, denied both charges.

The Illinois man pleaded guilty to wire fraud last year after bilking investors out of $800,000 for the McCoy Home Health Tablet. He could face up to 20 years in prison.

Source: New York Daily News

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