An Illinois man who forged the signature of the Canadian deputy health commissioner and defrauded investors was sentenced in New York to five years in prison Tuesday. Prosecutors said Howard Leventhal claimed he had agreements to market a device named after Dr. Leonard McCoy, a fictional character on TV’s Star Trek series.
Leventhal solicited more than $26 million from investors
Leventhal claimed his company, Neovision USA Inc., would market the product as “Heltheo’s McCoy Home Health Tablet.” The government said Leventhal cited agreements signed by Glenda Yeates, Canada’s former deputy health commissioner, as he solicited more than $26 million from investors. But prosecutors said there was no agreement with Health Canada and Yeates’ signature was a forgery.