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Former dentist pleads guilty to falsely marketing medical lasers: 5 highlights

Former Rapid City, S.D. dentist Larry Lytle pled guilty for fraudulently marketing and selling his medical laser QLaser, according to the Rapid City Journal.

Here are five highlights:

1. Mr. Lytle falsely claimed his medical lasers treated more than 200 medical conditions while only having FDA clearance for one treatment.

2. The former dentist pled guilty to conspiracy and agreed to pay $16.67 million to consumers who purchased a QLaser. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April.

3. Mr. Lytle’s criminal contempt charges were dropped as part of the plea deal. He was also initially charged with mail and wire fraud.

4. Mr. Lytle began selling the medical lasers in 2001 for between $4,000 to $13,000. He marketed the lasers at as an at-home treatment option for several diseases, including cancer and diabetes.

5. After various allegations of malpractice, Mr. Lyle lost his dentistry license. He then began marketing and selling the QLaser despite receiving various FDA warnings to stop selling the lasers. He resorted to selling several of the lasers under veterinary labels to avoid FDA review.

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