Lynchburg, Va. (AP) -- An Ohio man who duped customers into buying 200-pound wheelchairs while pitching lightweight scooters has been sentenced to more than seven years in a federal prison.
Michael Cowen had pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy and health care fraud. The head of active solutions of Worthington, Ohio, was sentenced Thursday in u.S. District court in Lynchburg.
U.S. Attorney Julia C. Dudley says Cowen's company used television commercials to dupe people into buying the motorized wheelchairs, when they thought they were buying the cheaper scooters.
Cowen's wife, Bonnie, and his business partner, Jan Bliwas, received probation for their roles in the scam.
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