A man has acted like a Ferengi and tricked a company into exchanging money for supposed plans for a real Star Trek Tricorder.
Howard Leventhal was arrested after he tricked Paragon Financial Group Inc. with phony plans to make a Star Trek Tricorder.
He initially told the company that Health Canada, the Canadian government’s department of public health, owed him upwards of $4 million dollars. He also presented them with phony documents including plans for a device “designed as a platform to maximize the patient benefits through broadband-augmented in-home telemedicine” and a forged contract between his company Neovision USA and the Canadian government. “Leventhal claimed to have lucrative connections within the Canadian government and cutting edge technology that could help save lives,” said U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, announcing Leventhal’s arrest. Believing the documents to be authentic, Paragon gave Leventhal the aforementioned money.
Leventhal was caught when he gave the same forged documents to an undercover agent while trying to obtain another $2.5 million in financing for his bogus invention.
Remember the 111th Rule of Acquisition
Treat people in your debt like family … exploit them.