Man who faked Canada link for 'Star Trek' tablet gets prison

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An Illinois man who forged the signature of the Canadian deputy health commissioner and defrauded investors in a scheme referencing the "Star Trek" TV series has been sentenced in New York to five years in prison.

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Howard Leventhal was sentenced Tuesday in federal court. Prosecutors say he claimed he had agreements to market a device named after a "Star Trek" character. They say he claimed his company, Neovision USA Inc., would market the product as Heltheo's McCoy Home Health Tablet, a reference to the DeForest Kelley character Dr. Leonard McCoy.

The government says Leventhal claimed agreements signed by Canada's former deputy health commissioner Glenda Yeates.

Prosecutors say Leventhal solicited more than $26 million from investors.

The 60-year-old Grayslake, Illinois, resident had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.