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Monday, 30 December 2013

Typical Jew Behaviour: Jew fooled people into investing in bogus Star Trek-inspired “medical tricorder”

Howard Leventhal impersonated Health Canada to fool people into investing in bogus Star Trek-inspired ‘medical tricorder’

Star Trek's Dr. "Bones" McCoy, who famously used his tricorder device to treat 
Captain Kirk and the rest of the Enterprise crew.

An Illinois man could spend the rest of his life in jail for impersonating whole sections of Health Canada as part of a $25-million scam to bilk investors into funding a bogus Star Trek-inspired medical device.

On Monday, Howard Leventhal, 56, pleaded guilty to a suite of U.S. fraud charges, including stealing the identity of former Health Canada deputy minister Glenda Yeates.

All told, the Long Grove, Illinois man could be facing up to 22 years in prison, as well as a $2-million fine.
“In Leventhal’s world, the truth was cloaked by his web of lies and impersonation,” 
said Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in a Monday statement.

The truth was cloaked by his web of lies
“Within this alternate reality, Leventhal marketed non-existent technology, fabricated an on-line presence, and impersonated a government official, all to defraud investors out of very real money.”
The non-existent technology was the McCoy Home Health Tablet, a miracle medical device named after Dr. Leonard McCoy, the chief medical officer aboard the USS Enterprise on the 1960s series Star Trek.

According to Leventhal’s sales pitches, his mysterious tablet could “instantaneously and effectively” deliver patient data to doctors.

In essence, it was to be the real-world equivalent of the Star Trek “medical tricorder,” a handheld device that, with just a quick scan, could perform full-body checkups and even diagnose disease.

Leventhal then bolstered the con by asserting that Health Canada (a health agency “sort of like [what] Medicare will become in the United States,” the conman told investors) had already signed on for as much as $4-million in McCoy Tablets.

To allay skepticism, Leventhal constructed an elaborate network of fake Health Canada leads, including fake phone numbers, fake email addresses and the fake websites “hc-sg-gc.ca” and “healthcanada.com.co.”

“They [Health Canada] use both .ca and .com.co,” he explained to one nervous investor. In reality, the “.com.co” domain moniker is used only for Columbian websites.

Leventhal also assumed the identities of several Health Canada employees, both real and imagined, and used them to assuage the worries of would-be backers. Most egregiously of all, according to prosecutors, he forged the signature of Health Canada deputy minister Ms. Yeates on a fake agreement between his company and Health Canada.

In Leventhal’s own online biography, he purports to be the inventor of an Atari joystick, an FAA-certified pilot, a blackbelt in Taekwondo and the father of an adopted Chinese girl — although it is not clear if any of these assertions are true.

Leventhal’s downfall came when he allegedly tried to defraud an undercover officer in Brooklyn of more than US$2.5-million.


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